Also known as fresh, green peas, shell, or garden peas, there are typically 50-60 pea pods per pound with an average of 6-8 edible peas within each pod. Best kept between 32-34 degrees F, and may be covered with paper and top iced to retain freshness. Do not allow to sit in standing water. The firm and hard outer shell is not to be eaten. Once opened, a string of round, tender, sweet peas come rolling out. Exquisite when boiled, butter-steamed, or tossed into vegetable salads, the younger the peas, the sweeter they are. They require a bit of preparation, but they are well worth it.