Today is the first day of summer, although it seemed to have arrived days ago according to my personal sweat index. Although summer is here to stay, I’m still enjoying the last pickings of my spring crop of sugar peas (also called snow peas).
I didn’t grow up eating sugar peas and was only introduced to them a few years ago. Now I can’t get enough of them!
On the left is our spinach which has bolted and is done for the season. On the right is our sugar peas, which are almost finished producing.
Sugar peas are an easy vegetable to prepare:
Step 1: Pick sugar peas. Pick them while they are still young, about the length of your index finger or a little smaller. If they get too large, their texture will be tough and stringy.
Step 2: Cut off stems (or both ends) of sugar peas. In this picture, they still have their stems on.
Step 3: Rinse sugar peas, boil water, and steam them for 3-4 minutes.
Step 4: Mix with a little butter and your favorite vegetable seasoning.
Step 5: Eat them whole and try to restrain yourself from gobbling them up!
Quick tip: When buying seeds, try to find a variety that produces thin sugar peas. Josh and I personally enjoy the sugar pea on the right better than the thicker one on the left.
So why not plant your own sugar peas next spring, or better yet, this fall?