So when peas start showing up at the farmer's markets, we happily shove them in paper bags, filling them to the brim, and start conjuring up menu ideas. While driving home, we'll reach in the bag and grab a pea pod and eat the peas right there - they make a wonderful snack.
Fresh peas can keep for a few days in the fridge in the produce drawer. We prefer to store them in paper bags instead of plastic bags. It's very easy to shell peas - simply break off one end of the pod, unzip both sides, and scrape the peas in a bowl.
Take care to not overcook fresh peas. They can be lightly steamed and tossed with some olive oil, salt, and pepper if you want them to be crunchy; they can be added to soups, casseroles, and salads.
(Image: Kathryn Hill)