One of the season's most fleeting treats, fresh peas, with their tender tendrils, are a sweet revelation.
Photo: Caleb Chancey
Thoughts of wrinkled peas usually cause wrinkled noses. Just like a minivan full of kids on a cross-country trip, peas lose their sweetness by their journey's end. As with corn, the sugars in peas begin turning to starch the moment you pluck the pod from the vine. That's why most folks just buy frozen and never know how amazingly sweet a fresh-picked pea can be.
Here you see plump Tom Thumb pea pods swelling on the vine.