Artichokes. Leeks. Asparagus.
Spring brings a riot of green vegetables.
But sugar snap peas are standouts.
The succulent, crisp crowd-pleasers are a cross between regular green peas and snow peas. The result: a crunchy outer pod and sweet inner peas, both edible.
Just trim or snap off the ends of each pod and remove the string that runs down the seam. Or look for “string-less” snap peas from Mann’s or Whole Foods 365 Organic. Both brands are pre-washed, which makes them the perfect snack straight from the bag … or with a dollop of hummus or tzatziki.
The raw peas lend a sweet crunch to salads. Or you can quickly stir-fry or steam them. The less cooking, the better.
Look for smooth pods with bright green peas. If you wind up with a batch of tough pods, the peas inside may still be fine. Pop one open and give it a try.
And we’re talking green veggies, so you’ll get a good dose of fiber, iron, folate, and vitamins C and K, all for just 40-or-so calories per cup.
What a sweet deal.
Sure, sugar snap peas are sold year-round. But they’re at their peak in spring.
Pass the peas, please!