Snap peas - Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon | Sugarsnap Peas

Snap peas - Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon | Sugarsnap Peas - are a cultivar group of edible-podded peas that differ from snow peas in that their pods are round instead of flat. The name mangetout (French for "eat all") can apply both to snap peas and peas.

Peas, like all other peas are pod fruits. An edible-podded pea is similar to a garden or English pea, but the pod is less fibrous, and edible when young. Edible-podded pea pods, including peas, have a membrane and do not open when ripe. At maturity, the pods grow to about 4-8 cm long, pods contain three to five peas per pod.

Preparation
Often served in salads or eaten whole. They can also be fried or steamed. Before being eaten, mature snap peas pods may need to be "string", which means the membranous string running along the top of the pod from base to tip is removed. Over-cooking the pods will make them come apart.

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy - 176 kJ (42 kcal)
Carbohydrates - 7.55 g
- Sugars - 4.0 g
- Dietary fiber - 2.6 g
Fat - 0.39 g
- saturated - 0.0039 g
- monounsaturated - 0.021 g
- polyunsaturated - 0.089 g
Protein - 2.8 g
- Tryptophan - 0.027 g
- Threonine - 0.099 g
- Isoleucine - 0.161 g
- Leucine - 0.228 g
- Lysine - 0.202 g
- Methionine - 0.011 g
- Cystine - 0.032 g
- Phenylalanine - 0.090 g
- Tyrosine - 0.099 g
- Valine - 0.273 g
- Arginine - 0.134 g
- Histidine - 0.017 g
- Alanine - 0.058 g
- Aspartic acid - 0.228 g
- Glutamic acid - 0.448 g
- Glycine - 0.072 g
- Proline - 0.063 g
- Serine - 0.125 g
Water - 88.89 g
Vitamin A equiv. - 54 μg (7%)
Vitamin A - 1087 IU
- beta-carotene - 630 μg (6%)
- lutein and zeaxanthin - 740 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) - 0.15 mg (13%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) - 0.08 mg (7%)
Niacin (vit. B3) - 0.6 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) - 0.75 mg (15%)
Vitamin B6 - 0.16 mg (12%)
Folate (vit. B9) - 42 μg (11%)
Choline - 17.4 mg (4%)
Vitamin C - 60 mg (72%)
Vitamin E - 0.39 mg (3%)
Vitamin K - 25 μg (24%)
Calcium - 43 mg (4%)
Iron - 2.08 mg (16%)
Magnesium - 24 mg (7%)
Manganese - 0.244 mg (12%)
Phosphorus - 53 mg (8%)
Potassium - 200 mg (4%)
Sodium - 4 mg (0%)
Zinc - 0.27 mg (3%)

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