Garden peas, English peas…green peas—no matter what you call ‘em, these slightly sweet, plump little legumes are a sure sign that spring has come. Though we tend to turn to the frozen variety through many months of the year, there has never been a better time than right now to buy English peas fresh off the vine.
Green peas are at the peak of their season in the spring months of March, April and May, and they need only a quick boil (3-5 minutes, max) in salted water to be ready for serving or adding to pasta salads, soups, sautes or any number of spring-fresh main or side dishes.
When shopping for fresh peas, look for small, vibrant green, waxy pods. Store pods in an airtight plastic bag for 2-3 days at most, then shell, prepare and serve.