A Sure Sign of Spring: Sugar Snap Peas are Here!
Oh Snap! The Intuitive Forager, Kerry Clasby, describes these Spring (and Chef) favorites in four perfect words: “Fresh, snappy, crunchy, and sweet”. And the best news of all? They will be in for this Friday’s Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, so get ready to grab your own bag full and try out some of the delicious recipes below!
Entirely edible podded peas, Sugar Snap Peas are a hybrid developed during the 1950’s by crossing the Chinese Snow Pea with a Mutant Pea plant – resulting in an extra snappy and plump sweet pea. Their crispy small pods are firm with a smooth green surface and a thicker pod wall (giving them extra plump-ness) and are known for that fresh, snappy, and crunchy sweet flavor.
All of this makes them a go-to in the Kitchen, and for use in a wide variety of dishes and preparations. Toss them into a fresh green salad for additional flavor and texture, or use them in a cold and fresh chilled pea salad. In addition to fresh eating they can also be steamed or stir-fried, and make a great side dish beside your favorite entrees, or as an ingredient into soups or stews.
Notes on buying and prepping fresh Sugar Snap Peas:
Before cooking or eating, fully mature pods may need to be de-stringed, which means removing the stem and the “string” (a tough membranous string which runs from top to bottom along the seam of the pod). In terms of quantity you can expect the average pod to contain anywhere from 4-8 peas. Try and use them within a week of purchase, and keep them stored in a plastic bag in the fridge.
Sugar Snap Pea Nutrition: They are a great source of Dietary Fiber and Protein, as well as being super rich in Vitamin C. They also have significant amounts of Vitamins B and K, as well as Folate, Iron, Magnesium, and Manganese.
Appetizers starring Sugar Snap Peas (See further down for even more delicious recipes, including main courses featuring your Sugar Snap Peas):
Here are a few of our Favorite Recipes from the Web that will bring out the best of your Sugar Snap Peas : (Clockwise from Upper Left)
Snap Peas with Meyer Lemon and Mint:
Quinoa and Sugar Snap Pea Salad:
Roasted Scallion & Sugar Snap Pea Spring Rolls:
Snap Pea Chips:
Healthier Orange Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas (Recipe Runners)
Quinoa Confetti Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Toasted Pepitas:
Sauteed Ramps, Sugar Snap Peas, and Patty Pan Squash (From Delish):
Snap Pea Skewers with Soy-Ginger Sauce (Naturally Ella):