Peas and Thank You: 10 Sweet Pea Recipes

Make the most of the short season for fresh sweet peas.

J. Kenji López-Alt

For most of the year, you're much better off cooking with frozen sweet peas than fresh ones. Peas freeze well, and fresh peas are noticeably less tasty even one day after picking, so I'll take a flash-frozen sweet pea over one that's been shipped across the world almost any time.

But, for a brief period in spring, you can find beautiful, bright-green sweet peas (a.k.a. green or English peas) at your local farmers market, which is why you ought to seize on this narrow window to prepare dishes that really highlight the ingredient. Blanching is one of the best ways to preserve the flavor of fresh peas, but there's plenty more you can do with them. Keep reading for 10 recipes that take full advantage of the season for fresh sweet peas.