Sweet Peas

By Katrin Koelle
Updated on 02. Jun. 2020

Snow peas' sweet flavor and delicious crunch makes them a delicious addition to a variety of dishes.

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Snow peas...

  • ...strengthen the immune system. 100 grams of snow peas already covers a quarter of your average daily requirement of immune system-boosting vitamin C.
  • ...are a good source of protein. Fresh snow peas contain an impressive 6.5 grams of protein per 100 gram serving, while dried snow peas pack in a whopping 30 grams of protein per 100 gram serving.
  • ...contain fiber. Sugar snap peas don’t have as much fiber as many other legumes, however a 100 gram portion still contains a notable 10 grams of fiber.
  • ...are easy on the stomach. Unlike most other types of peas, snow peas are easy to digest and won’t cause stomach issues like flatulence in those with sensitive stomachs and intestines.
  • ...can be enjoyed raw. Snow peas are one of the only legumes that tastes delicious eaten raw. Uncooked snow peas will also provide the highest dose of healthy ingredients.
  • ...contain histamines. Anyone who is allergic to histamines shouldn’t consume snow peas.

What You Should Know About Snow Peas

In the late Middle Ages, snow peas were only served in the very best circles. In England, consumption is even said to have been regulated by a court order of 1433 - only those who were at least barons were allowed to eat snow peas. King Louis XIV was even so enthusiastic about the legume that he had parts of the Louvre Park converted into pea gardens. 

Today, snow peas have a more humble reputation, though they are just as popular. Harvested unripe, when the peas are small and still in the pod, snow peas are eaten with the pod, giving a delicious crunch and refreshing, sweet flavor.

Origins

The snow pea originates in Europe, although the exact area is still disputed to this day. First mentions of the snow pea go back as far as the Roman empire, where snow peas were a popular food. 

Season

You can buy fresh snow peas all year round. 

Flavor

Snow peas taste a lot like peas, but due to their high sugar content have a unique, pleasantly sweet aroma. When stored correctly and harvested at the optimum time, they have an addictive crunch.

Our Favorite Recipes With Snow Peas

Find all our recipes with snow peas here.

How Healthy Are Snow Peas?

Snow peas are relatively high in calories compared to toher vegetables and rich in carbs. However they contain significant amounts of minerals and, like all green vegetables, relatively high levels of provitamin A, which has beneficial effects on vision and healthy skin. They're also a good source of protein and fiber.

SNOW PEA NUTRITIONAL INFO (100 g)  
Calories 58
Protein 4 g
Fat 0.2 g
Carbohydrates 10 g
Fiber 1 g

Shopping and Coooking Tips

Purchasing

Pay particular attention to the appearance of fresh snow peas; you want small pods that look firm and crisp. Larger snow peas tastes less sweet and have thicker fibrous threads. If you're cooking with the snow peas, you can always use frozen ones from the store.

Storage

As with all young vegetables, snow peas are best consumed as soon as possible after purchasing, when they're the most flavorful and nutritious. Snow peas can be stored in the refrigerator or even frozen: after washing and cleaning, simply blanch them briefly in salted water, drain and leave to cool, then place in freezer bags.

Preparation

Preparing snow peas is quick and easy: simply rinse under running water and then drain well. 

What to Make With Snow Peas

Because of their beautiful crunch, snow peas are delicoius raw, by themselves as a snack or chopped into a summertime salad. 

If you are cooking the peas, make sure to keep cooking time as short as possible. Blanching in salted water for 1-2 minutes should be sufficient for most recipes. Afterwards, throw your sugar snap peas in a wok to add crunch and color to a stir fry, soup or curry.

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