Peas come in several different varieties and can be eaten in lots of different ways. If you have never looked into the different kinds of peas, you may not have known that there are different kinds until now. Let me break each kind down for you.
Sugar snap peas have plump round pods that are edible. They were developed by crossing the garden shelled peas with snow peas. Their pods are tender and are easier to chew than snow peas. They have a high content of vitamin C and are a great source of fiber. Sugar snap peas are low in calories and are a great food to snack on. They can be eaten fresh, boiled and seasoned as a side, chopped up into your favorite salad, or cooked into a quick stir-fry.
Snow peas have edible translucent flat pods with small peas inside. Like sugar snap peas, snow peas are low in calories and high in vitamins and fiber. You can put snow peas in just about any dish. They taste great in stir-fry, salads, soups, or pasta.
Shelled garden peas have a curved pod that is not edible. These peas have to be shelled before eaten so the demand for fresh shelled garden peas is lower than the demand for for fresh sugar snap peas and fresh snow peas. Shelled garden peas are higher in caloric value, but also have even more vitamins and nutrients. You can eat shelled garden peas simply by heating or have them in a salad or casserole.
No matter which kind of pea you choose to buy, we hope that now you have an understanding of the different varieties.