Sugar snap peas

Fresh pea pods

How to select

Choose unblemished, firm, bright green sugar snap peas.

How to prepare

Rinse snap peas under running water and pat dry. Snap peas can be eaten raw or cooked according to your recipe.

How to store

Keep peas in their shell for storage. Place in a perforated plastic bag and then in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. Use within 2 days.

Peak season

Spring, summer

Ways to use

  • Eat sugar snap peas cooked or raw. 
  • Add to a stir fry for color and more nutrients. 
  • Add to soups, stews, or casseroles. 
  • Stir peas into cooked rice or barley and season with herbs to make a pilaf.

Fun facts

  • Snap peas were created when a shelling pea mutant was crossed with a snow pea. 
  • Some snap pea plants can reach 6'7" in height. 
  • There are 3-8 peas in each pod.

Nutrition info and facts

Sugar snap peas are a great source of vitamin C to help your immune system. Sugar snap peas are a good source of vitamin K.

1 cup cooked peas = 134 calories, 9 g protein, 25 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 43 mg calcium, 187 mg phosphorus, 434 mg potassium, 23 mg vitamin C, 41 µg vitamin K

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Growing peas in home gardens (UMN Extension)

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