Peas are one of the first harbingers of the springtime vegetable bounty, and we look forward to them every year. There are two types of peas: ones that can be eaten with the pod (sugar snap or snow) and ones where the peas must be removed from the pod (shelling). When selecting a shelling pea, opt for a more robust pod.
Peas are best eaten extremely fresh, but will keep in the fridge in an open plastic bag for up to three days. Peas can also be frozen by trimming the ends, blanching, and placing in freezer bags.
Wash peas before preparing. Snap off one end and pull the string along the side of the pod out. Remove the individual peas and discard the pod.