Now is the time to enjoy fresh, in season sugar snap peas in all of the delicious ways that you can. From how to buy them, how to eat them raw, and how to cook them, this guide has you covered.
Snap peas are one of our favorite vegetables to eat because they are naturally sweet and crisp. This makes them a hit with both parents and kids when they’re served raw and cooked.
Nutrition in Snap Peas
Snap peas are a great source of Vitamin C as one cup has 98% of our daily need for Vitamin C. They also provide Vitamin A, K, and fiber.
Raw Sugar Snap Peas
If you’ve never tried raw sugar snap peas, you’re in for a treat. You can eat the whole pod, with the peas inside, and if you can get them fresh from the farmer’s market, they will be so impressively sweet.
TIP: You may want to break the ends off and remove the long strand that runs along the side—but with very fresh and tender peas, chances are you won’t even notice it.
How to Buy Sugar Snap Peas
Look for snap peas that are free from blemishes, don’t have too many white or gray marks, and that are plump for their size. Ask to sample one if buying from the farmer’s market so you know they are good.
How to Store Sugar Snap Peas
To store this vegetable, simply make sure that the pods are dry and store in the crisper in an airtight container or up to 5 days. If you buy them in a bag from the store, you may want to open the bag, line the sides with a paper towel, then clip the bag closed to help remove excess moisture—which can cause mold.
Best Recipes for Sugar Snap Peas
- Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
- Stovetop Sugar Snap Peas with Lemon
- Seared Sugar Snap Peas
- Steamed Sugar Snap Peas
- Stir-Fried Sugar Snap Peas
- Raw Snap Pea Salad
- Baked Snap Peas
Kid-Friendly Sugar Snap Peas
If your kids are new to eating snap peas, definitely try them from the farmer’s market if you see them in May, June, or July (depending on how far north you live). My kids have always loved eating them raw. Then try them in some of the recipes above or in a simple stir fry to expand their likes!