Pea Primer
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English Peas

Sometimes
called sweet
peas or shelling
peas, this is the
iconic pod
with the round
peas inside.
They’re sold
fresh, frozen,
and canned, and
the tough,
fibrous pods
aren’t edible.

Pea Sprouts

These little guys are sprouted pea seeds with very tender stems and just a couple of leaves. Toss them in salads or use as a sandwich topper.

Snow Peas

A classic addition to stir-fries, snow peas have flat, tender pods with tiny peas inside. Depending on the size, you may need to remove the tough string that runs along one side of the pod, but the rest you can gobble up.

Sugar Snap Peas

This variety is a cross between a shelling pea and a snow pea, which explains why they have tender, edible pods with sizeable peas inside. They’re great eaten raw in salads or on veggie platters. But as with snow peas, you may want to remove the string before eating.

Pea Tendrils

The leaves and
curly tendrils of
pea plants are
mild and sweet,
and they’re tasty
sautéed or
stir-fried with
garlic. Look for
them at the
farmers’ market.

This article originally appeared in our Winter/Spring 2021 issue. Get the magazine here.

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