Look for fresh young peas with a bright green, waxy pod. Avoid yellow, split or dry-looking pods.
Garden peas can also be bought frozen or in cans. Peas freeze very well, holding their nutritional goodness. Avoid canned peas, they are horrible.
Buy them the day you plan to eat them or the day before. Store them in a plastic bag in the crisper section of the refrigerator.
Tips & Tricks:
500g pea pods will yield approx 1 cup shelled peas.
Source: Stephanie Alexander (The Cook's Companion)
Add the peas to a pan of lightly salted boiling water. Cover the pan and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and serve immediately.