Harvest shelling peas when the pea pods are round, plump, and firm and the peas are not too large and still sweet and tender. Shell peas immediately or just prior to use.

Pick edible-pod sugar or snow peas as soon as the seeds are barely perceptible in the pod. These peas have flat pods that are eaten before the pea seeds mature. Large, more mature pods are tough and stringy, and they will not be tender when cooked. Edible snap pea pods are rounded and the seeds par

tially to fully fill the pod at the correct harvest stage. For the sweetest flavor, seeds should be about one-half of their largest potential size.

Eat or process all types of peas quickly, as their quality deteriorates rapidly.

Use Storage Method 1. Wash and chill immediately after harvest. Peas will keep 1 to 3 weeks.

Nutrition note: 1/2 cup of cooked peas contains 67 calories and 4.4 grams of fiber and is a good source of vitamin C (19% DV), thiamin (15% DV), folate (13% DV), and vitamin A (10% DV). It also contains smaller amounts of niacin (8% DV), riboflavin (7% DV), iron (7% DV), and calcium (2% DV). Color = green.

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