Sugar Snap Peas
Sugar snaps are sweet, crunchy, and delicious raw or lightly cooked.
How to Select
Look for pods that are firm and crisp. They shouldn't bend at all but should snap. The color in general should be a saturated pale green. Some peas will show a little white scarring on the pod; that's not a problem.
How to Store
Refrigerate in a tightly sealed plastic bag. They'll last four or five days.
How to Prepare
Many sugar snap varieties have a tough fibrous string that runs the length of the pea and should be removed before cooking. Fold back the stem and pull -- the string will unzip quite easily. Check carefully; some varieties have strings on both sides (just repeat the stem operation from the opposite end). Cook sugar snaps very briefly to preserve their flavor and crunch.