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Sugar Snap Peas vs. Snow Peas

My friend asked me what the difference between Sugar Snap Peas and Snow Peas was, aside from one being flatter than the other, and if they were interchangable. I really didn't have an answer for her, so I told her I'd ask you all.

Thanks in advance!

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hourglasscreate
Sep. 10th, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Sugar snap peas are sweet. Snow peas aren't. The only real similarity they have is that you can eat the pods on both of them. I'll eat sugar snap peas plain, but only eat snow peas if they are in some sort of sauce. I'm sure you could use them both in the same recipe, but it would be like using regular peas in the same recipe. Edible but not the same.
kthesleepless1t
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I think sugar snap peas have a lot more flavor than snow peas, sweetness aside. I use snow peas to add crunch to stir fries, but otherwise, I don't really eat them. Sugar snap peas make a great snack, great addition to salad, etc.
fragglefemme
Sep. 10th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
To me, they're pretty interchangeable...I eat them both a lot, both plain raw and cooked in a sauce. Snap peas are usually a bit sweeter and have more of a "crunch" to the pod and are, obviously, fatter. Snow peas still have crunch to them, but they're a little softer. I use them interchageably all the time.
verygwen
Sep. 10th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
I agree. They've got slightly different tastes, sugar snaps are sweeter, but I also find them to be pretty interchangeable.
hobbitblue
Sep. 11th, 2009 01:35 am (UTC)
So where does mange tout fit in with this? *ducks and runs*
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