© 2005 by the National Cancer Institute, used under the Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Dedication

© 2005 by the National Cancer Institute, used under the Creative Commons Universal Public Domain Dedication

Snow Peas

Snow peas are a podded vegetable contained in green, fibrous pods similar to green beans. Each pod contains 3-5 peas and as the plant matures it becomes more fibrous and ripe for opening. It is a climbing plant and often requires assistance to properly grow upright. Snow peas are vibrant green and grow 3-4 inches long.

Best Storage Practices:

Store peas in cold refrigeration in a bag in the crisper drawer with other vegetables. Snow peas should be kept at 32-36 degrees Fahrenheit, and usually last for 1-2 weeks.

Fun Ways to Eat and Cook:

Snow peas can be eaten raw or enjoyed cooked atop rice, salads, or just as a side.

Selecting Snow Peas:

Choose those pea pods that are small to medium in size with undamaged and bright green outer skins. Avoid discoloration and only choose those that are crisp and green.

Why it’s Good to Eat:

  • Great source of dietary fiber
  • Good source of protein
  • Good source of Vitamin C, niacin (B3), folate, and beta carotene—precursor to Vitamin A

When it’s in Season:

Snow peas are cooler climate vegetables and are often planted in early spring. Snow peas can be found most easily throughout the spring and summer.

How it’s Harvested:

Pea plants need the assistance of stalk holders to keep their plants upright and pods growing fresh. The stem is very weak and often cannot support the pods. When mature, pea pods are often picked by hand.

Recipes:

Easy Pea-zy Mix—Steam peas in water with onions and peppers. Cook until softened, drizzle with salt, pepper, oregano, and olive oil. Enjoy!