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The pea is the small spherical seed or the seed-pod of the pod fruit. There are usually several peas per pod. Pea pods are botanically fruit (Wikipedia, nd).

Allergy Alert:

Although relatively uncommon, allergic reactions to peas can still occur. In the event of an allergic reaction after consuming peas, contact your allergist. 

Common Uses:

There are many varieties (cultivars) of garden peas, each with their own uses. In modern times peas are usually boiled or steamed, which breaks down the cell walls and makes the taste sweeter and the nutrients more bioavailable. Fresh peas are often eaten boiled and flavored with butter and/or spearmint as a side dish vegetable. Salt and pepper are also commonly added to peas when served. Fresh peas are also used in pot pies, salads and casseroles (Wikipedia, nd).

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