Buy 3 pounds for 4 servings. Look for bright green, fresh-looking pods that are somewhat velvety to the touch.
Prepare and serve as soon as possible after purchase. Shell and wash just before cooking. Reserve a few pods to cook with the peas.
Cook peas, covered, in 1 inch boiled salted water for 8 to 12 minutes. Drop in a few of the pods for additional flavour.
Remove the pods. Season with pepper and butter or margarine. Try adding a sprinkling of chopped fresh mint leaves for variety. Serve at once while the colour is bright and the flavour is fresh and sweet.