Whole Peas are about 1/4 of an inch wide and pale yellow in color. They have a mild flavor and soft texture. Peas often break down while cooking and therefore they make an excellent choice for thick and hearty soups,
such as French Canadian Pea Soup.
To 1/2 lb. dry beans add 3 to 4 cups hot water. Boil 2 minutes, then set aside for one hour or let stand in 3 to 4 cups cold water overnight. Drain and rinse beans.