EN on Foods

May 2015 Issue

Pass the Snow Peas, Please!

Snow peas were developed in Holland in the 16th century despite their enormous popularity in Asian cuisines—even being referred to as “Chinese peas” in some cookbooks. They traveled from Holland to England, and then on to China and other countries. Deceptively delicate in appearance, snow peas are sturdy and thrive in many climates during spring and fall, even surviving light snow, which contributed to their name. In France, snow and sugar snap peas—both edible pod peas—are collectively called mange tout or “eat all”, because their pods lack the inedible fiber found in most other pea pods.

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