Fresh sweet peas, also called English peas, have a taste that calls for simplicity in preparation and in serving. Not only do sweet peas taste good, but as a good source of fiber, protein, iron and vitamin C they are also a healthy vegetable choice. Although you can refrigerate sweet peas for about two days before cooking, a good idea is to pick or purchase and then shell, cook and serve the same day. Steaming is one of the best ways to bring out their flavor as well as preserve their vitamin C content.
Fill a vegetable steamer or saucepan with enough water to cover the bottom of the pan but not enough to flow into the steamer insert or basket.
Turn a stove burner to high heat and bring the water to a full boil.
Add the sweet peas to the steamer insert or basket and set them over the boiling water. Make sure the boiling water does not touch the peas and, if necessary, empty a small amount of water from the pan into your kitchen sink.
Cover the steamer or saucepan and steam the peas for about two minutes or until they turn bright green.
Cover your hands with an oven mitt or use hot pads to remove the steamer insert or basket from the pot and transfer the sweet peas to a serving bowl. Serve, eat and enjoy.
If you decide to add herb seasonings before serving, sprinklings of herbs such as spearmint, marjoram, rosemary or thyme are good choices.