Peas - Snow
Developed thousands of years ago in China, snow peas have a crisp texture and fresh flavour, making them a tasty addition to a stir fry, a salad, or a dipping platter.
How do we make sure we provide top quality snow peas?
We only pick snow peas that have firm, glossy pods. We also make sure that the pods are not dull, yellowing or heavily speckled (a full green colour is a good indicator of freshness). Finally, we make sure the pods are as small as they can be for the season – the smaller pods are the sweetest.
Where do we source our snow peas from?
Snow peas are a cool season annual crop, and require slightly acidic, well-drained soils. They are planted in the late winter, when the soil temperature reaches about 10°C. The best place to grow them in Victoria is on the higher altitude farms around Gippsland and the Sunraysia district, and that’s where we source most of our snow peas from.
What is the best way to keep snow peas?
Store snow peas in the fridge – it helps preserve their texture, nutrient content and sweetness (their sugar turns to starch if you leave them out for too long). They are best stored in a perforated plastic bag at 0°C and 90%-100% relative humidity.
Snow pea nutritional information
Snow peas are an excellent source of thiamine, niacin, and vitamin C and are also high in fibre, phosphorous, iron vitamin B, B2, B3, C and folic acid. Eat them fresh – the longer you keep them, the more thiamine and niacin they lose.
Snow Pea serving tips and suggestions
You can remove the tough string of the snow pea (known as the spine) by breaking off the top of the snow pea, and peeling the string back towards the bottom. Make your stir fry mouth-wateringly appealing and tasty by throwing in a handful of snow peas!