Peas are considered legumes as they ripen in pods. In the case of garden peas, only the peas are edible, while sugar snap peas are eaten with the pod. Peas like to grow in sunny, warm places sheltered from the wind. When they are young and freshly harvested, the pods are cracked open and the peas removed.
Garden peas and sugar snap peas are in season in summer but popular all year round. They are quick to prepare as frozen vegetables or from a can. Frozen peas only need five to six minutes cooking time, and canned peas can be eaten straight away. The nutritional content of frozen peas is in no way inferior to that of fresh peas. Since the vegetables are frozen when they are freshly harvested, even sensitive nutrients, such as some vitamins, are largely preserved.
Peas are considered a vegetable in the food pyramid. Fresh peas contain particularly high levels of vitamin C and are rich in vitamin B1. One 120 g serving provides almost half the recommended daily amount of vitamin C, which is important for the functioning of our immune system. We need vitamin B1 for the normal functioning of the nervous system and the heart.