Peas are legumes that grow inside long, plump pods. These peas are imported from Campania.
Uses: They can be cooked in different ways according to their size and tenderness. Small garden peas can be served as a starter when sweated in butter with chopped spring onions. Peas are lovely too when tossed in mint butter.
To store: Use fresh peas as soon as possible.
To prepare: Press the pods open using your fingers and use your thumb to push out the peas.
To cook: Cook in lightly salted water for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain and serve. If the peas are to be used cold in a salad, plunge the peas into cold water as soon as they are cooked. This keeps their flavour, texture and colour.