Video on growing and freezing peas

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Historically peas were dried and used during the winter.

In the 1500s, new varieties with better flavour were developed and people started eating them fresh. Because they have a relatively short season most peas grown in New Zealand are eaten processed.

Snow peas are also known as mange tout, which translates into English as 'eat all'. Both the seed (pea) and the pod are eaten. They are almost completely flat with little bumps where the peas are inside the pod. Differing varieties exist, some of which may be referred to as sugar peas or sugar snap peas. With some of these varieties the peas are more developed before harvesting. Snow peas are used in Asian cooking and salads.

What to look for

Look for firm bright green pods that are not too full. Snow peas should have very small peas in the pod.

For more information on peas go to the A-Z page on peas.

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