Eaten when young and tender, pale to medium green snow peas have edible flat crisp, firm pods that are usually 25 to 75mm long. Wide and flat, tiny undeveloped sweet peas are inside. When a slight bulge of the tiny seeds is barely visible, snow peas are at their prime eating stage.
Offering tasty features, elegant snow peas are delicately sweet and meaty and crisp and tender, a flavor and texture all of their very own. Sometimes there are strings, but they do not need to be removed.
An excellent source of protein, snow peas offer carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, folic acid, potassium and calcium. Snow peas are higher in calcium and vitamin A than other type peas, plus are lower in calories.
Snow peas were made for stir-fries and Oriental soups. Serve as a vegetable by themselves enhanced with garlic, ginger or hot peppers. Pair with shrimp, pork or chicken. For a delicious attractive appetizer, carefully open the pods and add a cream cheese spread. To store, refrigerate snow peas in a perforated plastic bag. Use within a day or two for optimum quality.