Snow peas were once called Chinese pea pods because they were only found in that region of the world. Today, you can find them all over. Snow pea season is in the spring in Chattanooga, along with the other green vegetables that represent the season like asparagus, cabbage, and lettuce. All of these veggies, but snow peas in particular, are a great way to refresh your diet and prepare for summer.
Why are they beneficial?
Snow peas are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as the minerals magnesium and potassium. They also have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are a great vegetable for those who suffer from asthma, arthritis, and irritable bowl syndrome. All of these nutrients work together to heal the body from the inside out.
When are they in season?
Unfortunately, snow peas don’t have a very long season in Tennessee. You can usually find them locally in the month of May. However, most grocery stores have less fresh ones in the freezer section.
How long will they keep?
Snow peas only last a few days and have a better flavor when very fresh. Try to buy your snow peas when you know you’ll be able to cook them soon. If you need to store them, keep them in a breathable bag in the refrigerator. You can also freeze them in a zip top bag to use later.
How do I prepare them?
Luckily, snow peas are fairly easy to cook. Be sure to cut the very ends off before eating them. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Add them to your stir fry. They only take a few minutes to become tender.
- Combine cooked snow peas with citrus like oranges and grapefruit for a healthy summer salad.
- Put them on kabobs with pineapple, chicken, and teriyaki sauce.
- Roast them in the oven with some rainbow carrots or beets for a fresh side dish. Cook at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
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