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Give peas a chance

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Why do we grow peas at home? The fact is that frozen peas are about as good as it gets. I’ve been to a pea ‘factory’ in Norfolk and it’s a remarkable operation. The pea harvesting machines don’t stop day or night, the shelled peas are chucked into a lorry that comes alongside and then driven as fast as legally possible back to the units at the factory to be blast frozen minutes after arrival.

Speed is crucial because about fifteen minutes after picking, the sugar in peas starts to turn to starch. This means those peas in pods you see in some upmarket greengrocers and supermarkets are all but worthless. They may look pretty, and you may feel delightfully old-fashioned podding them, but they could be days old. The flavour will be virtually nothing. Eat more!

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