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Snap Pea Bounty {with Two Recipes}

Snap Pea Bounty {with Two Recipes}

The first snow and sugar snap peas are ready for harvest from the garden, so Babyzilla and I went out and picked enough for dinner tonight. Babyzilla has never had either sugar snap or snow peas before, but after her first taste, she reached into the basket again and again for more.

History and Culture

Peas are one of the world’s oldest crops. Wild peas were foraged centuries before they were domesticated as the trellis climbers we know today. Peas were one of the first plants to be selectively bred by farmers, and were the key crop that Gregor Mendel used in the 1800s to figure out how plant genetics and hybridization worked.

Related: The Difference Between Open Pollinated Seeds, Hybrids, and GMOs

Growing Snap Peas

Peas are pretty easy to grow. Just give them cool, spring weather, composted soil that drains well, and some climbing support. And, if you’re short on space, peas can be grown in containers, along walls, or trained up corn and sunflower stalks.

This year, I planted both snow peas and Oregon Sugar Pod snap peas (which are stringless) together, and they are both growing up a trellis net staple-gunned to the fence in the very back of the garden bed. The double row is 6 feet long, but only 6 inches wide, with over 50 plants, which makes peas an excellent value for the small-space gardener.

One of the benefits of growing peas is that, as a member of the legume family, peas fix nitrogen in the soil which will help fertilize future plants. When your peas are done growing once the weather heats up, just snip the stems off at ground level and let the roots decompose in the soil, leaving the nitrogen for future crops.

Snap Pea Nutrition

Snap and snow peas are quite good for you. A 1/2 cup of cooked snap peas has approximately 2.6 grams of protein, 39 mg of Vitamin C, 1.6 mg of iron, 192 mg of potassium and 21 mg of magnesium.

Here are some yummy sugar snap pea recipes for your spring table.

Lemony Sugar Snap Peas with Avocado
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 pound raw sugar snap peas
  2. 1 peeled and sliced Hass avocado
  3. 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  4. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  7. 1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, whisk together Dijon mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Add raw sugar snap peas and avocado; toss gently to combine.
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Dilly Snap Peas
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds of raw snap peas
  2. A pinch of cayenne pepper or dried chili peppers
  3. 1 clove garlic, diced
  4. 1 head fresh dill, or similar amount in leaves
  5. 2-1/2 cups water
  6. 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  7. 1/4 cup salt
Instructions
  1. Remove strings, if necessary, and pack snap peas as tightly as you can in hot, sterilized pint-size Mason jars, leaving 1/2-inch of headroom.
  2. To each jar add cayenne, garlic and dill.
  3. Boil water, vinegar and salt and then pour the mixture over the peas, leaving 1/4-inch headroom.
  4. Seal the jars and process for 15 minutes in a boiling water bath.
  5. Enjoy!
Tools
  1. Water bath canning equipment (where to find online)
  2. Pint-size Mason jars (where to find online)
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18 Comments

  1. I love snap peas!! Oh so yummy! Can’t wait to try your lemon/avocado recipe.
    Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!

  2. Thanks so much for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! I hope you will join us again today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/04/wildcrafting-wednesday-16.html

  3. We enjoy snap peas. I look forward to trying them with dill. Thanks for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop. Look forward to seeing you again tomorrow: http://blackfoxhomestead.com/the-homeacre-hop/

  4. We are just planting peas… can hardly wait to eat them right IN the garden lol

    Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope you come link up again today!

  5. Thank you for sharing at Tuned-in Tuesday. I’m totally obsessed with snap peas this year and can’t wait to grow them in my garden. Looking forward to trying one of your recipes!

    Hope to see you tomorrow ! http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/04/tuned-in-tuesday-blog-hop-5.html

  6. The peas look delicious! Thank you for sharing. Found you on Mix it Up Monday. Blessings!

  7. When we pick the peas we have to always have some, there is not taste like right off the vine. These are great recipes that we will sure try. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you again soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. I forgot to add–love the fresh taste of Dijon with peas.

  9. What a sweet story about Babyzilla’s first taste of snow peas. Love the addition of avocado!

  10. I’ve never thought to pair peas with avocados, sounds intriguing! I love snap peas, thanks for the recipes!

  11. Your peas look delicious and are wonderful first harvest. I remember when our daughter was little and freely grazing in the garden. Thanks for memory!

  12. We are in the north- so no harvest for us yet- but your recipes have made me excited for the snap peas! This is our first year growing them.

  13. I will try anything with avocado, I have not yet tried them with snap peas. Joining
    from the blog hop. Enjoyed this post.
    Living F.A.B.ulously on Purpose

  14. We’re trying our hand at planting sugar snap peas this year, and I am excited for our first harvest! Your recipes sound delicious, especially the first one. Yum!

    Visiting from Eco Kids Tuesday :)

  15. We love snap peas too. I’m hoping to try the first recipe soon!

  16. I believe these were the type I tried last year. I liked them much better than “regular” peas. Good cooked with melted butter and salt. Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

  17. Peas are one of my favorite garden veggies, often I will snack on them while I harvest from other plants — so good! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  18. Cheers for sharing this. Looks so nice!

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