Peas in their pods, in season from June to September, should be chosen for the pods' bright green satiny colour. They should be round and full. Petit pois are just very young peas. Broad beans, in season from May to June, should have pale green pods with a satiny bloom, and feel soft and tender.

...Prepare peas and broad beans

Step by step

1 To pod broad beans (or peas), squeeze the pod until it 'pops'.

2 Run your fingers down the inside of the pod to release the beans (or peas) into a bowl.

3 Unless very young, broad beans also need to have their pale outer skin removed. Blanch for 30 seconds, then refresh. Pinch the end of the skin to release the bean.

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