Snow peas, from the kitchen garden

Snow peas or snap peas are delicious green vegetables that are easy to grow, productive, and take less time to prepare than peas. Recipe for gourmet peas with new vegetables.

Why snow peas or gourmet peas are they so little grown or sold on stalls? They do, however, vegetable delicious green. The snow pea is a small pea selected to be eaten as a whole immature pod: a bit like green beans relative to White beans.

They are eaten in the form of large flat pods, devoid of “parchment”, a solid plate that protects the seeds in classic peas. This immature fruit vegetable is more “green”, less rich in starch than peas; it is never floury, but on the contrary melts in the mouth: a marvel to discover if you have never tasted it!

Recipe for snap peas with spring vegetables


  • greedy peas
  • early carrots
  • new turnips
  • green spring onions
  • new potatoes
  • butter
  • sel
  • less than a level teaspoon of sugar
  • a level tablespoon of flour
  • a little liquid cream

For the quantities of vegetables, do according to your taste, but also according to what you have and the number of people who will be at the table.

Peeling or rather tailing of snow peas

On snow peas, only the top of the pod is removed: the peduncle accompanied by its chalice persistent. They are removed with the fingers by pulling from the curved side to the right side, where the future peas cling inside the pod. This way of doing things makes it possible to remove the thread that sometimes exists (rather rarely).

Pods with overdeveloped peas are discarded. If you have any doubts, fold the pod in half: if it breaks easily, it will be good, otherwise throw it away.

Snow peas make very little waste compared to peas, and hulling them is faster than shelling peas.

Procedure of the recipe

  • In a wok or sauté pan, melt a knob of butter.

  • Fry the coarsely cut onions, and the young turnips cut in 4 without letting them take color.

  • Add snow peas and carrots cut into thin pieces.

  • Stir this pan so that the butter is distributed over all the vegetables.

  • Pour water up to the height of the vegetables.

  • Salt.

  • Sprinkle the sugar (very little).

  • Put in the new potatoes cut in 2 lengthwise (we try to give each piece the same thickness to obtain even cooking).

  • Cover and boil over low heat.

Cooking lasts 20 to 30 min: taste or prick each vegetable to know when it’s cooked to your liking. These new vegetables cook quite quickly. Snap peas are delicious when they melt in your mouth.

When it is cooked, there remains a certain volume of cooking juice: disperse the flour on the surface, mix and wait for a few more broths. The vegetable juice has thickened slightly.

Then add a little cream.

It’s ready !

Remark : If you don’t have enough snow peas for everyone, cooking these peas with other vegetables and new potatoes allows you to adjust the size of the dish according to the number of people. In addition, these other vegetables all take on a very pleasant taste.

Snow peas are too rarely offered for salebut you may still be able to find some at local farmers’ markets.

However, to be sure to have them every year, the best solution is to grow them in your vegetable garden. Seeds are easily found everywhere.

Cultivation of snow peas

Snow peas are sown and grown in the vegetable garden in exactly the same way as peas. Simply, they are less known, because they are difficult to industrialize, especially their picking.

They sow in the vegetable patch between March and early May : in line, with seeds spaced 2 to 3 cm apart and with fairly wide inter-rows so that you can pass between them without breaking them.

To extend the duration of the harvest, you can sow, for example, 1 or 2 rows of snow peas every 15 days/3 weeks.

2 rows of 3 to 4 m give enough harvest to make a dish once a week for 4 people.

In fact, these snap peas have a tendency to be a bit earlier than peasand perhaps are easier to succeed, at least they are often more productive: removing the immature pods which are still flat, at a younger stage than in peas, forces the plant to flower again incessantly in its breeding race.

Snow peas exist in various varieties, dwarf, semi-climbing, climbing, sometimes blond or purple. Examples of varieties:

  • Bamby
  • Herault
  • Ram’s horns (as in the video)
  • Normand
  • Carouby de Maussane
  • Swiss giant
  • Golden
  • Caroubel
  • Story
  • Shiraz (purple)

Climbing varieties (rowing or rowing) or semi-climbing will need a support to be provided for them to hang on to when they measure 20/30 cm in height: oars, a taut wire, a filet vertical… it is important that they are well hung so that the pea plants are not tossed about by the wind.

Harvesting and picking snow peas

The harvest takes place between 2 and 3 months after sowing. The pods are picked when they are as long as possible, but still flat.

You have to maintain the stem that carries them before picking them, because the pea plants are fragile and brittle. Snow peas grow very quickly. Those that are left because they are too small will be good to harvest 3 or 4 days later.

The immature pods are therefore harvested at least twice a week. It is also necessary to pick the pods forgotten the time before, even if they are too large, because the fact of removing the fruits of this plant causes it to bloom again unceasingly.

The harvest quickly represents a considerable weight to be consumed since there is few lossesbut if you don’t have enough for a meal, fresh pods well wrapped in a freezer bag or an airtight container will easily keep for a week without suffering too much in the refrigerator.

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