Dried whole green peas cook in about the same as a dry bean and it is best to soak them first. Split peas have a shorter cooking time. They can be used in stews, soups, loaves and burgers. They may be sprouted to grow pea greens. Rich in fiber and essential minerals, these whole green peas are a great, low-calorie, low-fat option for health-conscious eaters. Peas are highly beneficial for your health, whether green or yellow, whole or split.