SNOW PEAS are an excellent source of vitamin C, and a good source of iron and manganese. A favorite snack or for salads, snow peas are eaten with their sweet, crisp pods.

How to Store: Best to use as soon as possible. Store unwashed snow peas in a perforated bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

How to Prepare: Very versatile and one of the easiest vegetables to prepare, snow peas can be enjoyed au natural, added to salads, served raw with any kind of dip, or sautéed and buttered. Before cooking or eating them, there are two things to do: rinse them in water, then grab or cut the tip of each snow pea and pull out the tough string that runs along its side.

No matter how you cook them – boiling, steaming, stir-frying or blanching – snow peas need only one to three minutes. Quick cooking will also retain their vibrant color and vitamins.