Care & Storage
For Eating Fresh Sugar Snap Peas: Store the pods unwashed in a perforated plastic bag in your fridge for up to a week, but please eat them quickly - they're just better that way.
For Eating Fresh Shelling Peas: Store the pods in your fridge for up to a week. Shell the peas when you're ready to cook them.
To Freeze: Shell and then blanch for 2 1/2 minutes in boiling water. Cool immediately.
May - June
Varieties of Note
Removing the peas from the inedible shells may be time consuming, but it is well worth it to have fresh peas. They are dramatically better then those that come frozen or from a can! If you want to put peas up for beyond the all-too short season when they are available these are ones to use.
With sweet pods and underdeveloped peas, these are used whole in stir-fries, salads, or sautés.
Sugar Snap Peas
The best of both worlds! Edible pods and large sweet peas. Delicious in any form, but good luck getting them home from the market without eating them all on the way!
Sesame Snap Peas
1 lb sugar snap peas
1-2 tsp sesame oil (or to taste)
1 tsp black sesame seeds
2-3 fresh radishes (optional)
Remove strings from peas and toss with sesame oil and seeds. If using radishes, slice into thin rounds and toss with peas. Sprinkle with salt to taste.