Snow peas are also known as Chinese pea pods since they are often used in stir-fries. They are flat with very small peas inside; the whole pod is edible, although the tough “strings” along the edges are usually removed before eating. Snow peas are mildly flavored and can be served raw or cooked.
Garden peas are also sometimes called sweet peas or English peas. The pods are firm and rounded, and the round peas inside need to removed, or shelled, before eating (the pods are discarded). The peas are sweet and may be eaten raw or cooked; these are the common peas that are sold shelled and frozen.
Snap peas are also known as sugar snap peas, and are a cross between snow peas and garden peas. The whole pod is eaten and has a crunchy texture and very sweet flavor. Snap peas may be eaten raw or cooked. There may be tough “strings” at the seams of the pods that need to be removed before being eaten, but stringless varieties are also now available.
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Why Are Peas So Good For You?
- Vitamin C Content – boosts immunity and also aids in the production of collagen.
- High in Fiber – dietary fiber help control cholesterol and blood-glucose levels.
- High in Vitamin A – known for its ability to promote good eyesight and keep the connective tissue strong.
- Vitamin K – It is best known for its ability to promote blood clotting.
- B Vitamins – These help break down protein, carbohydrates and fat into energy, and they also aid nerve function and promote red blood cell production.
- Minerals – Iron and manganese each have specific functions in the body. Iron is important for oxygen transport and manganese helps with blood sugar support, calcium absorption, hormone production and nerve function. Sugar snap peas have moderate amounts of both minerals.
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