Purple Sugar Snap Peas
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Purple Sugar Snap peas have purple pods with green flecks. The pods grow to around 8 centimeters in length. The inner walls of the pods, as well as the peas themselves, are lime green in color. The overall texture is snappy and crunchy with a rich water content. They have a fresh, grassy aroma and a sweet vegetal flavor with nutty qualities. Purple Sugar Snap pea plants bear numerous thin, coiled tendrils with soft green leaves and delicate purple flowers.
Purple Sugar Snap peas are available year-round with peak season during the cooler temperatures of spring and fall.
Purple Sugar Snap peas are botanically classified as Pisum sativum, and are an herbaceous annual in the Fabaceae family. Unlike shelling peas which have fibrous and inedible pods, Sugar Snap peas are entirely edible from their blossoms, tendrils, leaves and pods. Purple Sugar Snap peas are a relatively rare variety of snap pea. They should be harvested when they are very young, before the pods are fully filled out, since they lose much of their sweetness, and tend to become stringy as they mature. Purple Sugar Snap pea plants require trellises for support, as they can reach over 2 meters in height, making them some of the tallest plants in the snap pea family.
Purple Sugar Snap peas are a source of iron, and vitamins A and C.
Purple Sugar Snap peas can be eaten raw or cooked, and can be used in place of green sugar snap peas. They provide a sweet crunch to salads, and can be steamed, boiled, and roasted. They retain their color when cooked, and make an eye-catching addition to stir-fries and curries. They pair well with citrus fruit, mint, parsley, garlic, ginger, onions, and oils. To use Purple Sugar Snap peas, first wash them and remove the strings. Store Purple Snap peas in a bag in the refrigerator, where they will last for around a week.
Peas are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables, and peas of all kinds have been popular throughout human history. In the 1660s in the French court of Louis XIV, green peas were seen as a luxurious novelty food that were eaten by royalty.
Snap peas were likely mutations from field and garden peas, although their exact history is not documented. Although they have been recognized in literature since at least the 1800s, they did not gain popularity until 1979, when the sugar snap variety was released and marketed as a healthy snack. The modern sugar snap peas originated from a cross between the Chinese snow pea and a mutant pea plant, and were the work of the notable botanist, Calvin Lamborn. He has continued to selectively breed peas for 35 years in Twin Falls, Idaho, and since then has produced numerous varieties of peas, including a rare Purple Sugar Snap pea. Another variety of Purple Sugar Snap pea came from plant breeder Dr Alan Kapuler, based in Oregon. His purple-podded Sugar Magnolia Snap Pea, is more widely available, and was first released in the 1990s.
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