Garden Recipe: Snow Peas!

June 16th, 2009 - filed under: The Food » Recipes

img_0808My first real harvest!!!


My snow peas seem to have gone feral. Wild and unbridled, they’ve exploded from their pea patch, clamoring for sunlight and climbing, climbing, climbing. They’re almost as tall as I am (and that’s over 6 feet, oi!)  And best of all, they’ve begun bearing pea pods.

In honor of my garden’s first fruits, these lovely little legumes, I had to do something special. These guys are super sweet and snap with a crispness that’s unparalleled! Short of snacking on them raw (which we certainly did, oh of course), I wanted something simple that would lift them up and let them shine, full flavor on display. Here’s what I did:




Sautéed Snow Peas with Fresh Mint


a few hand fulls of snow peas, freshly picked

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 scallions, diced

1 clove of garlic, crushed

salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, sliced into thin strips

dried lemon rind, for garnishing (optional)



Place a skillet over high heat and let it get good and hot. Add the oil and again, allow it to heat up. Add the garlic and scallion, stir for a few seconds, and then add the snow peas. Sauté until just al dente, under 3 minutes. Remove from heat, toss with the fresh mint, salt, and pepper, garnish with lemon rind, and serve immediately.


It’s so easy, it’s like cheating!


img_0814Served with Roasted Heirloom Squash Marinara, and a crusty loaf.



  • Jenny B.

    this looks great. Had a question, my sugar snap peas are aslo growing like crazy, no harvest yet, but lots of beautiful white flowers, however I am noticing the bottom of the plants leaves are now turning brown/yellowish??? The blooms are only on the top half of the plant, it’s about 4 ft tall. Thanks

  • Jenny B.

    hmm also, when something starts flowering like basil or spinich, what did I do wrong and how do I replant?

  • Sayward

    @ Jenny B – Your peas may have a fungus, a rust or a root rot. I’d do a little poking on the net and try to diagnose, in case it can spread.

    When plants like lettuces, etc, bolt (go to flower) it’s usually because they are suddenly heated (a warm spell) or dried (a dry spell/a few days without getting watered). They think the summer is ending and they need to reproduce! A way to avoid this is by thinning them out. Just tear a few leaves off each plant, each day. It’s a win-win: You get salads and the plant stays in ‘growth mode’.

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