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Description: Two main types those
with edible pods which include: snow
peas and snap peas; and those with inedible pods called garden (or English)
peas. Garden peas have rounded pods that
are slightly curved in shape, smooth and vibrant green color. Inside the pod
are green rounded pea “seeds”. Snow peas are flatter than garden peas, and
since they are not fully opaque, you can usually see the shadows of the flat
pea seeds within. Snap peas, a cross between the garden and snow pea, have
plump pods with a crisp, snappy texture. The pods of both snow peas and snap
peas are edible, and both feature a slightly sweeter and cooler taste than the
Facts: A legume
that is eaten immature as a vegetable.
Availability: Garden peas are generally available
from spring through the beginning of winter. Snow peas can usually be found
throughout the year in Asian markets and from spring through the beginning of
winter in supermarkets. Snap peas are more limited in their availability. They
are generally available from late spring through early summer.
Serving Size: ½ cup
Selection: Garden peas –select pods that are firm, velvety and smooth.
Their color should be a lively medium green. The pods should have enough peas
so there is not much empty room in the pod. You can gently shaking the pod and
noticing if there is a slight rattling sound – avoid those pods.
Storage: Because the sugar in fresh peas converts so quickly to sugar
they should be refrigerated immediately and used as soon as possible – certainly
within two days.
Nutrition Benefits: Green peas are a very good source of vitamin C,
vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, folate and thiamin (vitamin B1). They are
also a good source of vitamin A, phosphorus, vitamin B6, protein, niacin,
magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, iron, zinc and potassium.