In earlier times, peas were mostly grown for their dry seeds. But today, the fresh pea is a popular culinary component in pot pies, pastas, soups, salads, and even classic Indian dishes like matar paneer. The pea can be simply boiled or steamed to bring out its sweet flavor, or eaten raw. Whole pea pods (especially snow peas) and pea sprouts are also often used in Chinese dishes and stir-fries.
Varieties of Peas at the market
- English peas
- Snow peas
- Sugar snap peas