- KNOW YOUR VEG
peas are convenient and one of the most popular vegetables,
but the flavour of fresh peas really is superior.
They have a sweet taste, crisp texture and vivid bright
green colour. When buying fresh peas in the pod, 1
kg of pods will give 350-450g of peas. Choose bright
green, firm, young pods with a little air-space left
between the individual peas. Avoid discoloured or
wrinkled pods, overfull pods may contain hard, tough
peas so avoid these too. Peas should be eaten as fresh
as possible for the very best flavour.
How To Use Peas
can be eaten raw or cooked. Fresh peas can be included
in salads or used as a garnish for dishes containing
cooked peas eg soups or pasta sauces. Cooked peas
can be served simply with butter as an accompaniment
to fish or chicken dishes or included in soups,
purées or sauces.
How To Prepare Peas
the peas by pressing your thumb and forefinger into
the top of the pod and push the peas out with your
thumb. Discard any that are discoloured or blemished.
Wash in cold water and use as soon as possible.
How To Cook Peas
can be boiled or steamed. To boil, bring a pan of
water to the boil, add the peas and cook for 2 -
3 minutes, until just cooked. To steam, place in
a steamer and cook for 3 - 5 minutes. Serve with
butter and chopped fresh herbs such as basil, chives
How To Store Peas
fresh peas in the pod, and keep refrigerated after
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