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Snow Peas: 4 Knock-Your-Socks-Off Recipes

By Helen More Blogs by This Author

Peas are among the earliest cultivated plants. They're a virtual warehouse of goodness, low in sodium yet with high amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as iron and potassium. Not only are snow peas delicious, there are only about 45 calories in three and one half-servings.

Purchase Fresh

Snow peas or snow pea pods can be eaten raw or cooked, and are especially good in stir fried dishes. The flavor of snow peas is often described as delicate yet exotic.

Because snow peas are used a great deal in Chinese meals, they are often called the China "mangetout." Mangetout is a French word meaning to eat it all. At one point in time snow peas were only found in Chinese restaurants, but today they can be found in most grocery stores year round.

Cut the stem end of the snow pea pod. If you do not cut all the way through the pod, the string can be removed along with the stem, but you can also leave the strings intact. Either way is fine. When snow pods are used in stir-fry, a little oil should be added to the pan to keep the pods from sticking and burning. Snow peas will be heated through in about two minutes, and go great with mushrooms and water chestnuts.

Or Grow Your Own

The good thing about snow peas, or any type of pea for that matter, is that they are hardy. Plant snow peas about six to eight weeks before the last killing frost of the spring is expected and don't worry about the cold. This plant thrives in the cold. Snow peas are so hardy; they can be covered in snow and still continue growing without incident, hence the name.

The snow pea is ready to harvest within about 72 days. Harvest the crop when pods are shiny and flat but firm, and before peas begin to develop inside the pods. Snow pea pods should be of uniform length--about one and one half to three inches--with immature peas inside that are barely causing a bump in the pod. Though young and tender snow peas can be frozen or preserved in canning jars, the best way to enjoy this crop is to eat it while it is still crisp and fresh. If storing snow peas in the refrigerator, do so immediately after they have been picked to preserve the taste.

Enjoy! 4 Knock-Your-Socks-Off Snow Pea Recipes

Eating Well: Snow Peas with Creamy Ranch Dressing

"Low-fat mayo and nonfat buttermilk keep this ranch dressing low in fat and calories. It’s great with raw snow peas or most any vegetable you have on hand." Recipe HERE!

Unorthodox Epicure: Pimento Cheese-Stuffed Pea Pods

"An appetizer is traditionally arranged to whet one’s appetite … get it ready for the meal to come. This one, however, steals the show. Classic Southern Pimento Cheese is one of those rare things that can serve as a main ingredient, topper or compliment. In this recipe, it’s the star — no matter what you’re serving next. The tang of the cheese mixture combined with the sweet crunch of the Snow Peas … My, oh my." Recipe HERE!

Use Real Butter: Sauteed Snow Pea Pods and Sprouts

"My grandma picks the tenderest part of the shoots off and discards the tougher lower leaves – this is how she taught me to trim snow pea shoots and this is what I do because Grandma is always right." Recipe HERE!

Vikalinka: Thai Red Curry with Prawns and Snow Peas

"It’s colourful and delicious and takes 20 minutes to make, all with barely any chopping involved. Throw your rice in the rice cooker and by the time that button indicating the time is up clicks, your curry is done. " Recipe HERE!


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