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3 cups shelled fresh green peas, cleaned (about 3 pounds unshelled)
1 cup water
1/4 pound salt pork
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter (optional)
Combine green peas, water, salt pork, and salt in a small Dutch oven. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer 25 minutes or until peas are tender. Drain; add butter, if desired, and toss lightly.