Earlier today, I was eating peas straight out of the pod!
This was prompted by seeing them for sale in the Union Square market. It took me back to my childhood, when grownups would say: "taste the peas, they are so sweet," and I take the hard pea pod in my hands, and feel it crack inevitably along its natural seams, to open and display the peas in the pod.
Then I would eat them, and they would give way with a delicate crunch under my teeth, and reluctantly I would think "yes, they are sweet, but not sweet like sugar...or…maybe yes…but no, it is a citric sensation?"
And so, today, I savored some peas in the pod, likely picked only yesterday upstate, yet they also came from far away in my past.