Let's give peas a chance

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Image: What's in season? Peas

Photo: Ruth Hartnup ​/ CC BY-SA 2.0 / adapted / Flickr: ​ruthanddave

Eating peas popped straight from the pod might be one of life's greatest pleasures. These versatile little chaps go in absolutely anything, adding bright spots of colour and flavour to any meal.


We've been enjoying frozen peas all year round since the 1920s, when Clarence Birdseye put his first pea in his newly invented 'quick freeze machine'. But if you want to enjoy them fresh, they come into season from early June to late July. 


Eat them straight from the pod, or try some of these delicious recipes.

Grilled peas with lemon butter

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A beautiful grilled pea recipe, and one for the barbecue or the grill-pan in the unlikely event that it rains this summer.

Pea and vanilla cake

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With lemon buttercream icing and pea shoots. This looks completely incredible. 

Spring toast with pea hummus and avocado 

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Photo: tastyplan.com

Just imagine starting your morning (or afternoon, or evening) with this delicious slice of green. Sprinkled with sea salt flakes and drizzled with olive oil. Delicious. Plus it turns out pea hummus is not only amazing but so simple to make.

Pea guacamole

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OK, call us crazy, but there's no avocado here. Yes it's sacrilege but give it a go and see if you can taste the difference. We'll just leave this recipe here...

Pea miso soup

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This is a fancy show-stopper of a soup, featuring crispy wasabi chickpeas and dandelion pesto. But don't be put off if that sounds overly ambitious. It's actually really simple to make (as long as you've got your trusty blender to hand) and tastes amazing. 

Green pea and almond butter spread

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Put this on anything, serve it as a dip, put it on sandwiches, take it on a picnic, enjoy it on toast, anything! This gorgeous spread has coriander in it, but if the thought of that makes you wrinkle your nose, swap it for any other herb.