We are probably not going to have as many peas this year as I’d hoped; the timing of rain and unseasonably cold temperatures reduced our germination rates. Nonetheless, I’m still really happy, because I think the best way to eat English peas is fresh and straight out of the pod. I think one of the reasons why people think they don’t like peas and would never want to grow them is because they’ve never had them this way. For our first little harvest, I just put a small plate of peas on the table for people to help themselves, straight out of the pod. The rest we’ll add to salads, munch on as an appetizer and just generally enjoy. And even if it turns out you don’t like the taste of fresh peas–which I’d find hard to believe–you can enjoy the gorgeous white flowers and pretty foliage on the pea vines.
By the way, I’m saving the pods to make a sauce. I’ll let you know when that happens. I got the idea from Darina Allen’s pea pod soup.