Flat, thin snow peas are harvested before the peas inside the pod develop, so they’re tender enough to eat pod and all.
Season: Year-round; peak spring and fall.
How to Choose Snow Peas
Snow pea pods should be firm, light green (almost translucent), and unblemished, with tiny seeds. Judge their quality by their sweet taste. The smallest pods are the sweetest and most tender.
How to Store Snow Peas
Keep snow peas unwashed (moisture speeds decay) and loosely wrapped in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer for up to 4 days. For maximum sweetness they should be eaten as soon as possible (the sugars begin converting to starch the minute they’re picked).
How to Prepare Snow Peas
Snow peas can be eaten whole after removing the stems.
How to Use Snow Peas
Snow peas are delicious raw (in salads) and in stir-fries.
Real Simple Snow Pea Recipes:
- Seared Scallops With Snow Peas and Orange
- Satay Chicken Stir-Fry With Snow Peas
- Slow-Cooker Asian Pork With Snow Peas, Red Peppers, and Soba Noodles
- Curry Shrimp and Snow Peas
Fruits and vegetables at their peak right now.
Find out what's in season in your area right now, then locate a farmers' market near you.