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    Legumes and Pulses


    Legumes are plants that carry edible seeds in a pod. All beans, peas and peanuts are legumes. Peas, soybeans, lentils, peanuts, chickpeas, cowpeas, lima beans, adzuki beans, green beans, haricot beans, mung beans, winged bean, yard-long bean, runner beans, and kidney beans are all legumes. Some legumes—such as peanuts and mature English peas–are eaten seeds […] More

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    Dried Peas

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    Field peas–also called dried peas–are grown specifically to be used dried. Dried peas are used in soups, pastas, cereals, and purées. Dried field peas are available at farm markets whole or split. The green pea and the yellow pea are the two most common field peas. The black-eyed pea or cowpea and the chickpea are […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Snap Peas

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    Snap peas are sweet and tender. Sugar snaps are most flavorful cooked briefly, but they also can be eaten raw. Snap peas are also called sugar peas. How to Choose Snap Peas  Select snap peas that have plump, crisp pods that are medium to dark green. Pods should be glossy, bulging and have a distinct […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Snow Peas

    Snow peas with eggs

    Snow peas are edible-podded peas: you eat the seed and pod whole. You can use snow peas in the same way as fresh peas or green beans. In fact, snow peas and green beans are interchangeable in most recipes. The peak season for snow peas is spring and then again in fall. How to Choose […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Garden Peas

    Steamed peas and carrots

    Garden peas—also commonly called English peas or green peas—are one of the first vegetables harvested in spring. They are best picked as soon as the pods fill out and the peas inside are fat and round. Petit pois or baby peas are small-seeded garden peas. They include peas that are simply picked very early but […] More

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    Peas: Kitchen Basics

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    There are two kinds of peas: shelling peas that are shelled and the seeds are eaten either fresh or dried, and edible pod peas, peas that can be eaten whole–pod and seeds together–or shelled and the seeds eaten alone. See also: How to Cook and Serve Garden Peas How to Cook and Serve Snow Peas […] More

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    How to Cook and Serve Fava Beans

    Fava bean salad

    The fava bean—which is also known as the broad bean, English bean, Windsor bean, and horsebean–can be eaten fresh or dried. As fava beans mature, their flavor grows increasingly starchy and strong. The smallest beans—less than the size of a small fingernail—are the sweetest. The outer skins of medium- and large-sized fava beans have a […] More