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Sugar snap peas


Varieties

Snap peas are a cross between the garden and snow pea. They have plump pods with a crisp, snappy texture. The pods are edible, and both feature a slightly sweeter and cooler taste than the garden pea.

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Origins and Culture

The modern-day garden pea is thought to have originated from the field pea that was native to central Asia and the Middle East. Because its cultivation dates back thousands and thousands of years, the green pea is widely recognized as one of the first food crops to be cultivated by humans. Peas were apparently consumed in dry form throughout much of their early history, and did not become widely popular as a fresh food until changes in cultivation techniques that took place in Europe in the 16th century.

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Nutritional and Medicinal Properties

Peas are a very good source of immune-supportive vitamin C; bone-building vitamin K and manganese; heart-healthy dietary fiber and folate; and energy-producing thiamin (vitamin B1). They are also a good source of immune-supportive vitamin A and zinc; energy-producing phosphorus, niacin, and riboflavin (vitamin B2); heart-healthy vitamin B6 and potassium; bone-healthy copper and magnesium; and muscle-building zinc.

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Basic Cooking Instructions

Snap peas can be eaten raw, although the cooking process will cause them to become sweeter. Either way, they should be rinsed beforehand. Healthy sauteeing is one of the best ways to cook these types of peas.

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