An essential staple for any food cupboard, peas are great puréed, to add colour and flavour to soups, good for casseroles and stews. They are the main ingredient for popular national recipes such as Mushy Peas and Pease Pudding.
Soak overnight in clean cold water. Drain the next morning and replace water to cover peas by 5cm. Fast boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 hour until tender. Drain and save the cooking water as this contains vitamins and can be used in recipes requiring liquid.
Peas are packed with nutrients including Vitamin A, C, B1, Iron, Phosphorous and are rich in protein, carbohydrate and fibre.