(Pisum sativum var. saccharatum)
A crisp, sweet tasting pea that is popular in Asian food. It is one of the earliest known cultivated plants dating to 10,000 years BC. In French it is called Mangetout – meaning; eat-all.
Snow peas are flat and thin and are meant to be eaten whole. They have a crisp, crunchy and slightly sweet flavour. Garlic, coriander, onion, tomato, carrots and lettuce all partner well with snow peas and don’t forget mint.
They are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of Vitamin B6, A, C, as well as folate, potassium and iron. A cup of cooked snow peas contains only 32 calories. Can be eaten raw in salads or cooked whole or stir fried for Asian dishes. Add to almost any meat or fish dish to for a sweet crunchy taste. Due to high levels of iron and vitamin C they are thought to benefit the immune system.
Snow Peas prefer a well limed free draining soil in full sun to part shade. They will climb so a trellis or frame will be needed.
Remove unused pods to extend production. After harvesting dig the roots through the soil to boost nitrogen levels. Regular applications of Seasol and Powerfeed will keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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