A variety of pea similar to mangetout in that the pod is edible. However, sugar snaps are bulbous rather than flat, as the peas inside are fully grown. As the name suggests, they are both sweet and crisp, and are best eaten raw, or lightly steamed, boiled or stir-fried.
Sugar snaps are available from June to September.Look for unblemished firm, bright-green pods.
Sugar snap peas can be kept in the fridge for up to three days. They can be blanched and frozen, but may lose some of their crunch.
Article by Felicity Cloake