Saturday, May 29, 2010
Was it the Latin Pisum which then became the Old English Pise and finally Pease? This one is a French Mange tout which means you eat the whole pea, pod and all, as sweet and juicy as can be, and need I say super healthy? It is actually not a true snow pea This one is a flat snow pea type, and therefore, the peas inside do not get large.
The season is so preciously short for these nutritional and delicious vegetables that by the time days linger in the 80's C, the plant stops producing and the remaining peas become starchy and tough. Therefore, it gets planted as one of the very first plants in spring, before the last frost and as soon as the ground can be worked. According to my Internet research more than 1,000 species of this treasure exist today.
The collection in the strainer above of both edible podded peas and snow peas was stir fried every so lightly in butter and olive oil, salt and lemon zest, and an herb or two and then tossed with freshly picked crab. OMG!