- Completely flat pod.
- Bright green in colour.
- No seed development.
- Pod and pea is eaten whole.
Edible podded peas grow in cool, moist conditions. The crop is sensitive to heat. Pods can be damaged by frost, but stems and foliage are seldom affected. Peas thrive on a wide range of soils as long as the soil is well drained. Some varieties of peas require trellising and some grow on a dwarf shrub. Peas are grown from seeds in seedbeds and transplanted to paddocks with trellises, if required by variety. Peas are a legume crop and therefore some varieties are capable of manufacturing their own nitrogen. Peas require frequent irrigation to maintain optimum soil moisture.
The snow pea was developed in China thousands of years ago and is still used in Chinese cuisine today.
It should have the tough strings removed before being blanched very briefly and seasoned or cooled and used with dipping sauces. Snowpeas can also be shredded and added raw to salads.
Interesting Facts and Myths?
Peas have come a long way to the tender, sweet varieties that we enjoy today. Archaeological have found them in cave dwellings dating back to 9750 B.C but the remains suggest that these early peas were not all that tender and that they were roasted over open flames and then peeled, much like the way we eat chestnuts today!
The average pea-pod contains eight peas.
Today there are 939 varieties of edible peas.
Botanical Name: Pisum sativum (Leguminoseae)
Alternative Names: Hoh laan dau, sweet pea, Chinese pea, tua lan tau
An excellent source of dietary fibre and a good source of protein, vitamin B, B2, B3, C and folic acid. Contains some calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron.
100g of Snow Pea yields the following:
- Calories – 14
- Total Carbs – 1% of DV
- Protein – 0.95g
- Dietary Fibre – 4% of DV
- Vitamin A – 7% of DV
- Vitamin C – 34% of DV
- Calcium – 2% of DV
- Iron – 4% of DV
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Select young, tender pods with good green colour.
Storage: Store in an airtight plastic bag in the vegetable crisper.