Try these sweet, tender vegetables in a salad, side dish, or stir-fry, or eat them raw as a snack. Garden or English peas must be shelled before eating. Edible-podded peas include the popular sugar snap pea and its kin, as well as flat snow peas. Before it grows pods, the pea plant produces pea shoots, dainty, curling tendrils that are edible.
In Season: Sugar snap peas, snow peas, and garden peas are available during spring and fall.
What to Look For: Choose plump, crisp pods with a bright-green color. Pea shoots should be entirely green and leafy. Pick them in the morning, when they're most sturdy; gently pinch some off, taking care to leave the main stems of your pea plants intact.
How to Store: Refrigerate in a plastic bag for up to 3 days. Pea shoots don't keep for long. Plan to use them the same day you pick or buy them. Store in the refrigerator.
Pea and Parsley Soup with Golden Caviar
This smooth, sophisticated pea and parsley soup is an homage to the season. It gets body from creme fraiche and a salty snap from orbs of golden caviar.
Pork and Snap Pea Kebabs with Ginger-Hoisin Glaze
This lively combination of flavors, colors, and textures is just as fun to make as it is to eat. Not warm enough to grill yet? You can make this recipe in the broiler instead.
Roasted Peas & Bacon
English peas are sweet and mild when steamed. For more intense flavor, roast them in their pods with diced thick-cut bacon. Scatter both on a baking sheet and cook at 400 degrees, tossing once, until the pods start to wilt and the meat is done. Pop the peas from their shells and enjoy.
Pureed Peas and Mint Quiche
Perhaps the ultimate spring dish, this quiche has a wonderfully fresh, creamy flavor and a wonderful pale green color thanks to the pea and mint filling.Get the Pureed Peas and Mint Quiche Recipe
Pesto Snap Peas
Use homemade or store-bought basil pesto for this amazingly easy side dish that packs a flavorful punch.
Chicken and Snap Peas
When time is tight, nothing beats a 30-minute meal of browned tender chicken and fresh snap peas made in a single skillet.
Peas and Potatoes with Mint
Three varieties of fresh spring peas -- English, snow, and sugar snap -- mingle with new potatoes in a light glaze of minty lemon butter.
Snow Pea Salad with Shallot and Tarragon
Toss crisp ribbons of snow peas with a Dijon vinaigrette and a handful of fresh tarragon for a refreshing, out-of-the-ordinary spring side dish.
Peas with Spinach and Bacon in Lettuce Cups
Wilted lettuce and peas is a classic side dish. This hearty version is substantial enough for a lunchtime main course.
Pea Flan with Wild Mushrooms
The silky texture of this custard is an elegant vehicle for the subtle flavor of peas.
Crushed Peas with Poached Salmon
This fresh update of English mushy peas gets its zesty zing from basil vinaigrette.
Pea, Lemon, and Egg-Drop Soup
A lighter take on Greek avgolemono, this soup features not only peas but their tendrils. Instead of being used to thicken the broth, the eggs are swirled in to form strands.
Snow Pea-Sesame Meatloaf
Mix up your meatloaf routine with the addition of Asian flavors -- snow peas, ginger, and rich sesame oil.
Beef Stir-Fry with Snap Peas
Spice up tonight with this must-taste mix of gingered sirloin, rice, and snaps in less than a half-hour -- chopsticks are optional.
Minted Pea and Prosciutto Crostini
The salty umami tang of prosciutto complements sweet spring peas in this fresh and simple hors d’oeuvre.
Asparagus, Snap Pea, and Avocado Pasta
Spring vegetables and fresh herbs get a buttery complement from avocado in this easy pasta dish.
Sugar Snap Peas with Toasted Almonds
Toasted almonds lend a satisfying crunch to a simple dish of sauteed sugar snap peas.
Chilled Fresh Pea and Buttermilk Soup
Green peas shine in a soup that gets tang from buttermilk, depth from vermouth, and body from a Yukon Gold potato.
Pea Shoots, Crisped Pancetta, and Mint Vinaigrette
A turn on the classic combination of peas and mint, this vibrant salad intersperses whole leaves among spring greens, while torn leaves invigorate the lemon vinaigrette.
Steamed Cod and Mixed Green Peas with Basil Vinaigrette
Steaming fish on a bed of basil gives it a wonderful flavor without adding calories, while a mix of sugar snap peas, snow peas, and English peas add a breath of spring.