Today, only about 5% of peas are sold fresh. Most of the fresh forms include sugar snap peas and snow peas.
How to Select
Choose peas that are bright green, firm and free from blemishes. For the sweetest flavor, serve peas as soon after purchase as possible.
How to Store
Store peas in the shell in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag. Use within 2 days. To freeze: Wash, pinch peas from pod, blanch, cool, and freeze in plastic bags.
How to Prepare
Discard any moldy peas. Rinse in cold water and break off tips. For shelled peas, pinch pod open with a fingernail and squeeze out peas with fingers. Eat raw: Add shelled peas and whole pods to salads, add snap pods to wraps and pita sandwiches, or have snap pods as a snack. Eat cooked: Boil, steam, microwave, stir-fry, or sauté. Add to soups, casseroles, rice, noodle, and vegetables dishes. Purée and make a pea soup!