I am of the irrational opinion that the pea is the cutest vegetable  (well, legume)  in the world.

Artichokes are stubborn, cucumbers are diplomatic, tomatoes are – a fruit, yes – but they are also whimsical, eggplants are snobs, cavolo nero are beautiful, and turnips are wise.  But peas? Oh, they are just so CUTE! I mean, c’mon. Just look at them:

Also, whoever first came up with the saying, “two peas in a pod” clearly had never seen two peas in a pod because as a pea-shelling-enthusiast, I can say without a doubt that each and every single pea is different.

Peas are in season this time of year and they are juicy as they are snappy, sweet as they are adorable.  Most days I simply simmer them in salt water for just under a minute, admire the gorgeous shades of young, spring green, and dress them with extra virgin olive oil, salt, and a splash of lemon.  Then I coo and aww at their utter cuteness and proceed to mercilessly shove them into my mouth, feeling quite like a Godzilla-esque monster devouring innocent civilians.  Muwahaha.


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