The English pea season is a sign of springtime. Fresh English peas have a sweet-vegetal flavor and a crisp-crunchy texture. Peel the outer pod off and blanch or sauté. Purée and use for a dip, spread, sauce, or hot or cold soup or use whole in a salad, Risotto, pasta dish or vegetable dish. There are many types of fresh legumes and the best substitutes for fresh English peas is Edamame, Fava Bean, and Fresh Garbanzo Beans.