What are peas?

A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume, their sugars start to turn to starch as shortly after they're picked, so they are best eaten just-picked. Frozen peas are put on ice very soon after being picked (within three hours) and the flavour can be superior to that of fresh peas harvested a couple of days previously.

Read about the health benefits of peas.

When are peas in season?

Fresh peas are at their peak from May to November.

Learn how to grow your own peas from the experts at Gardeners’ World.

How to cook peas

Boil (2-3 mins - use the minimum amount of water needed, and don't add salt, as they'll toughen up. A pinch of sugar will bring out their sweetness). Steam (1-2 mins).

See our pea recipes for inspiration.

Alternatives to peas

Try mange tout or broad bean.