Whereas spinach, Brussels sprouts, and other green vegetables are hard passes with kids, peas are equally popular with children and adults alike. It’s no surprise because the sweet, round orbs are incredibly tasty and can be thrown into tons of different dishes for a little pop of color and sweet pea flavor. Although peas are so versatile, they often end up only as the side dish, but they have real star quality in pea soups or pea pestos. It’s worth having them around, either shelled and frozen, or fresh!
Peeling peas is easy, but takes some time. First, remove the stem and any stringy fibers with a knife, then open the pod and gently push the peas out with your hands. To make them more digestible and tender, you can also remove the shells of each single pea: Blanch peas in a pot with simmering water for approx. 1 – 2 min. before submerging them in an ice bath. Now you can slip off the outer skin with a knife and use peas as desired.