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TIP OF THE DAY: Sugar Snap Peas

Sugar snap peas. Photo by Louis Hiemstra |

Almost everyone loves peas, but few people serve snap peas—even though they’re available year-round.

Sugar snap peas are a cross-breed of the English pea and the Asian snow pea, delivering the best traits of both. Completely edible like snow peas (but with a crunchier pod), the sweet pea pods are filled with plump, round green peas.

And they’re a culinary bargain.

  • There are two grams of dietary fiber and 35 calories per 2/3 cup serving of sugar snap peas.
  • Sugar snap peas are rich in minerals, with high concentrations of magnesium and calcium.
  • They’re also a good source of potassium and phosphorus.
  • One serving provides a 90% of the RDA of vitamin C, along with niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and vitamin A.
  • They have no cholesterol or fat, and very low in sodium.
Sugar snap peas can be eaten raw or cooked (boiled, microwaved, steamed or stir-fried). They can be enjoyed plain, with a dab of butter or a sprinkle of soy sauce (we like a mix of low-sodium soy sauce and yuzu juice).

We serve them alongside fish, meat and poultry:

Try this recipe for Seared Wild King Salmon with Sugar Snap Peas, Avocado and Tangerine-Fennel Beurre Blanc. More ideas:

  • Toss them into a green salad or a salad with radishes and cucumbers with ginger dressing, or tossed in a 4:1 vinaigrette of olive oil and yuzu or lime juice.
  • They’re delicious with asparagus, steamed as a side or in a salad.
  • Add them to pasta with shrimp or scallops.
  • Steam them as part of a mixed vegetable medly.

You’ll enjoy the snap in your recipes.


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