Snow Peas

And Pea Tips

Pisum sativum var. saccharatum


BASICS & HOW-TO

CULINARY INFO

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BASICS & HOW-TO

BEST BET: ASIAN GROCERY STORES (especially for pea tips), GREEN GROCERS, CONVENTIONAL GROCERY STORES.

Snow peas are popular and take up little space, making them popular though somewhat inconspicuous in produce departments.  They can generally be found with ease in Chinese grocery stores, though they may occasionally be absent in the summer.

Pea tips are most easily found in Chinese grocery stores, though they may be carried by green grocers and conventional grocery stores, especially in areas with large Chinese populations.



CULINARY INFO

It’s difficult to describe the flavour of peas without simply saying that they taste like peas; they tend to be familiar to most of us from such a young age, making it odd to compare them to anything else. Snow pea pods and tips both have the distinctive flavour typical to peas, though they tend to have an added green/vegetal flavour as well as a faint but appealing bitterness. Like good English peas and sugar peas, they can be surprisingly sweet.


MORE INFO

Snow pea pods are extremely high in Vitamin C, high in Vitamin A and dietary fiber, and low in calories. Snow pea tips are likewise very high in Vitamin C, even higher in Vitamin A, exceptionally low in calories, and a good source of folic acid (29% RDA)

 


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