The pod provides a protective layer for the peas, against pesticide residue, making peas a ‘clean’ vegetable that you don’t have to buy organic in order to avoid pesticides. Fresh peas are only available in shops for a few weeks a year. Look for green peas with pods that are full, heavy in hands and brimming with seeds. Avoid those with wrinkled surface or over-matured, yellow coloured pods. Use peas straight from the pod in salads, or add to whole grain rice and pasta dishes for colour, fibre and nutrients. Frozen peas retain nutrients and are an easy addition to meals. Cook from frozen or simply defrost and toss into mixed salads.