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Snow peas Nutrition facts and Health benefits

Snow peas Nutrition facts and Health benefits

Selection and storage

Fresh snow peas are at their best in spring; however, you can buy them year-round from the markets. Choose fresh, flexible, flat, tender light-green pods.

Avoid dry, wilting, and over-mature pods as they are short of flavor. Similarly, avoid those with surface cuts, cracks, bruises, and discoloration.

Once at home, store them in a perforated plastic cover or paper envelope and place them inside the vegetable compartment of a refrigerator set at high relative humidity so that they remain tender and crispy for about 2-3 days.

Preparation and serving methods

To prepare, wash in cold water and pat dry. Remove green calyx attached at the stem end, and flower remnants at the tips.

Fresh pods are eaten as a whole. Use them early while the pods are fresh and crispy. Snow pea pods feature tough strings which you may need to remove before eating them raw or in the dishes.

Here are some serving tips:

Teriyaki snow peas
Teriyaki snow peas and carrots.
  • Do not overcook snow peas.

  • Snow peas are employed in a similar way as snap peas. They commonly feature in East Asian dishes as appetizers, soups, and stir-fries.

  • Chopped snow peas complement well in raw salads with sprouts, snap peas, shelled garden peas, carrot sticks, yellow beets, etc.

  • They add a pleasant chewy texture to the stir-fried dishes. Sautee in oil/butter. Add garlic, and onion and mix in rice or noodle dishes.

  • Gently stir-fry separately before mixing them with other vegetable stir-fries like beans, broccoli, sweet pepper, etc.

  • Sautéed pea pods served with poultry, and seafood like salmon, tuna, etc.

Safety profile

Snow peas are generally safe to eat in all individuals. They contain negligible amounts of 50 mg/100 of oxalic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in some vegetables, which may crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. On a comparison note: 100 g of spinach carries 970 mg. Adequate intake of water is, therefore, encouraged to maintain normal urine output to minimize the stone risk. (Medical disclaimer).

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