Snow pea belongs to the Fabaceae family of legumes, is the annual or biennial herbaceous climbing plant, it is also known as sweet broad pea, its scientific name is Pisum sativum var. saccharatum. Snow pea is a different species of Peas wherein the whole pods can be eaten. Both snow peas and sugar snap are popular as mange tout (which mean is “eat all” in French) in a lot of regions of Europe.
Snow peas is a semi-cold plants, likes the cold and wet weather, not heat-resisting. Some scholars believe that the center of origin of snow peas is Ethiopia, Mediterranean and Central Asia, the second center of evolution is the Near East. Some people think that originated in the southern Caucasus to Iran. In short, snow peas is an ancient crop, widely distributed throughout the world.
The nutritional value of Snow peas
1.Mature dry snow peas provided solid, calories, carbohydrates and protein than twice green green peas. But green snow peas contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C more than dry snow peas.
2.Every hundred grams of cooked snow peas provide protein 8.5 g, approximately equivalent to 28 grams of cooked lean pork provides the energy. However, according to calculations per gram of protein, snow peas provided twice calories than lean pork.
3.In the beans, snow peas contain Calcium and Phosphorus is lower, so while eating snow peas, you need to use other food supplement calcium. Phosphorus-rich food source is animal protein, legumes and nuts. When a large number of intake of these foods, be sure to get enough calcium, because at the time of insufficient calcium intake, if the intake of large amounts of phosphorus, will affect calcium absorption and utilization.
4.Snow peas are good sources of Iron.
The therapeutic value of Snow peas
1.Snow peas can improve the body’s resistance to disease and rehabilitation capabilities.
2.Snow peas can prevent the synthesis of carcinogenic substances in the human body, thereby reducing the synthesis of cancer cells, prevent the occurrence of cancer.
3.Snow peas has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and increase metabolism effect.
4.Snow peas can promote gastrointestinal peristalsis, prevent constipation, help produce saliva and slake thirst.
The precautions of eating Snow peas
Should not eat too much, easy to cause abdominal distension.
Skin diseases and chronic pancreatitis patients should not eat.
The people with indigestion, the weakness of the spleen and stomach should eat less.
The people with renal insufficiency should not eat.
How to prepare snow peas
snow peas is crunchy and crisp, it raise color and texture for meals. But you know how to prepare snow peas？ Please see the following three steps.
Step 1: Put snow peas on a chopping board. Use a razor-sharp knife to trim edges and remove the thin string from a side of the snow pea.
Step 2: Remove the string from the other side of the snow pea. Removing the string will make the snow peas more tender.
Step 3: Use a razor-sharp knife to thinly slice the snow peas halve diagonally or lengthways, if desired.