Snow peas, garden peas and sugar snap peas are some of our favorite late spring beauties. But can you tell them apart? It wasn’t until my CSA kept delivering me different kinds of gorgeous heirloom peas did I do the research to really understand the different varieties.
So, let’s go over it. Snow peas, are also known as a Chinese pea pod and often used in stir-fry recipes. They’re the flattest variety and contain very small peas inside. Although the whole pod is edible, the edges have tough strings that can be hard to chew. These strings can be removed before you eat them to make for a more pleasant experience. Snow peas are mild in flavor and can be served raw or cooked.
Garden peas, also known as sweet peas or English peas are the round peas found inside a firm inedible pod. They’re sweet, starchy and may be eaten raw or cooked. These are the common shelled peas you can find in your grocer’s frozen isle.
Lastly, sugar snap peas or just snap peas, are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is edible, while having a crunchy yet very sweet flavor. They may be eaten raw or cooked, but this roasted version is my favorite way to eat them.
How to roast sugar snap peas.
Eating snap peas raw is common, but roasting them is even more magical. And it’s also very easy to do. Here you prep the sugar snap peas by washing and drying them. Then you toss them in a quick mint sauce, and roast until lightly golden brown and crispy. Add a little more fresh mint and sea salt and eat them whole. It’s an easy and simple and yet unexpected pea recipe.
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