The pea (Pisum sativum) is a deliciously self-contained vegetable with gorgeous green morsels of delightful tastiness. Grow them in your garden and pluck the pods fresh from the vines for a wonderful addition to any meal. Add them raw to a salad or just eat them by the handful. Some peas can be eaten whole, pod and all; others need to be shelled for maximum tastiness. Peas were consumed by Egyptians as far back as 4800 BC, and now over 6800 years later, they are still as nutritious and delicious as ever. Eat Peas! They are good for you!