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Do sugar-snap peas have more calories than snow peas?
‘Snow,’ ‘sugar snap’ like peas in a pod
dation advises choosing snow peas that are shiny and flat, with very small peas that are barely visible through the pod. Smaller pods are the sweetest and the most tender. When choosing sugar-snap peas, be sure they’re bright green, plump and firm. Snow peas and sugar-snap peas take very little preparation. They’re best eaten as fresh as possible, but if you’re not going to eat them right away, store them in the refrigerator. When you’re ready to enjoy them, first rinse them under running water. Then, for snow peas, trim the tips from both ends of the pod. For sugarsnap peas, it’s also recommended to remove the string that runs around both sides of the pod. The “More Matters” Web site (http://www. fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/) suggests that it’s easiest to start from the bottom tip and pull the string up the front, and then snap the stem off and pull the string down the back of the pod. That way, you trim the ends and remove the string at the same time. However, you may want to munch on a pod first — some people don’t find the string objectionable at all. If you’re in the mood for regular old green peas and can find them in the pod (only about 5 percent of green peas are sold fresh), be sure to shell them from the thick, tough pods immediately beforehand. Then, enjoy! Chow Line is a service of Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Martha Filipic, 2021 Coffey Road, Columbus, OH, 43210-1044, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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That’s a good question — and you might be surprised. Although sugarsnap peas are heftier and sweeter than snow peas, they are actually listed as the exact same item in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Nutrient Database, which is the bible for nutrition information of individual foods. They’re listed under the somewhat unappetizing name of “Peas, edible-podded, raw.” The official calorie count for a serving of 10 pods is 14 calories. To be precise, though, the key is to weigh what you’re eating. The 14-calorie serving listed in the database weighs 34 grams, or about 1.2 ounces. Ten sugar-snap pods bulging with plump, rounded peas might weigh more and, therefore, have more calories; 10 delicate, flat snow pea pods might weigh less. A one-ounce portion of either type has 12 calories. Either way, fresh, edible-podded peas make a great addition to your menu. Calorie for calorie, they’re great sources of fiber, vitamins A, C and K, thiamin, folate, iron and manganese. They’re also good sources of riboflavin, vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium. Like carrots, peppers and other fresh vegetables, you can eat them raw, steam them or toss them in a stir-fry. The “Fruits and Veggies — More Matters” initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Produce for Better Health Foun-
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