Add these snappy greens to your shopping list today!
Who doesn’t love a low-maintenance veg? These hassle-free greens are versatile, too. Raw snow peas are the perfect low-kilojoule bites to dunk into dip or toss through fresh salads. Got a couple of minutes? That’s all it takes to blanch or stir-fry them, but be sure not to overcook them — just a flash in the pan helps retain their vibrant colour and crunch while unlocking extra sweetness.
Look for flat snow-pea pods with barely visible peas. Soft, wrinkled or swollen pods will have tough, less-sweet peas. So pick the best pods and bear in mind that their fresh phase is brief, so eat them straightaway!
Five surprising facts about snow peas
The British call these peas mangetout, which is French for ‘eat all’. What a cosmopolitan veg!
Wait – we may think of them as a vegetable, but these sweet peas are botanically classified as a fruit.
You can forget about shelling! Simply trim the pod tips and pull off the tough stringy thread that runs along its side.
Snow peas have more vitamin C than any other pea. Just one cup provides an impressive two-thirds of your recommended daily intake.
If you see remnants of petals at the stem end, you’ll know the peas are at peak freshness!