Todays garden pea is believed to be a distant relative of the field pea that was native to the Middle East and Central Asia. Since prehistoric times dried peas have been consumed and were prized by the ancient civilizations of Egypt Greece China and Rome. Delicious hearty dried peas are so easy to prepare requiring no presoaking and cooking in just about 30 minutes. Green split peas are not only tasty and simple to cook but also a good source of protein iron and dietary fiber. Bobs Red Mill Green Split Peas can be used to make wholesome soups salads dals curries casseroles meatless patties and other dishes. If you save your ham bones youll make the yummiest green pea and ham soup to enjoy on a cold wintery day.