These whole peas may be sprouted to grow pea greens. 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. 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.