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 soon after purchase.
How to Store
Store peas in the shell in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. Use within 2 days. To freeze: wash, pinch peas from pod, blanch, cool, and place in plastic bags.
How to Prepare
Rinse and break off tips. For shelled peas, pinch pod open and squeeze out peas. Add shelled peas or whole pods to salads, wraps, pita sandwiches, or enjoy on their own. Cook peas by boiling, steaming, microwaving, stir-frying, pureeing or sauteing them. Add to soups, casseroles, rice, noodle, and vegetables dishes.