Green peas are one of the ancient cultivated vegetables grown for their succulent nutritious green seeds. Peas probably have originated in the sub-Himalayan plains of north-west India. Today, this versatile legume is grown all over the temperate and semi-tropical regions.
Green peas are at their best soon after harvest since much of their sugar content rapidly converts into starch. Freezing, however, is the best way to store green peas for several months. When you make green pea soup, you have to pay attention to the cooking time in order to avoid overcooking the peas.
Fresh green peas need 15-20 minutes to become tender, so you can cook them with the root vegetables together. The cooking time of frozen green peas is much shorter, they need only 4-6 minutes to soften; therefore, it’s enough to add frozen green peas to the soup 5-8 minutes before the end of cooking.