This month, the much-loved pea is officially in season from now until October.
Grown in pods on a vine, peas belong to the same family as lentils, beans and peanuts.
Many people believe they are a vegetable, but they are actually an edible legume and the pods are a fruit, as the peas within them are seeds.
Benefits of peas
Not only do they brighten up your dinner plate, but peas are good for you too – hooray! They are rich in fibre and are one of the best plant-based proteins.
They are a great source of iron and contain magnesium, potassium and calcium, making them a good heart-friendly food.
They’re also rich in antioxidant nutrients such as vitamin C.
How to cook
They are literally easy-peasy to cook – boil them for around two to three minutes or you can steam for one to two minutes.
Add a bit of butter and enjoy!
Alternatively, you can blend them up into a perfect pea soup or use them in pastas or with fish dishes, the possibilities are endless.