Imagine a product with a satisfying crunch and a lovely flavor—and get this—you can eat as much as you want with no weight gain! Enter the sugar pea. Sugar peas are a free food to dieters, containing only 41 calories per cup. chopped raw. They are believed to have originated in Europe where aristocrats in France began eating the immature peas, pods and all. Sugar peas are very high in vitamins C and A—one cup provides nearly 100% of your daily needs of vitamin C. Rich in fiber , consumption of these treats helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, obesity, and constipation.
While sugar peas are a treat fresh picked from the garden, they also enhance any salad and are a great addition to stir fries. The tender shoots can also be used in this capacity. Sugar peas are planted early in the season as they cannot tolerate excessive heat. There is also a second planting in August for a fall harvest. This planting, however does not traditionally produce as well as Spring crops. If you decide to plant your own, don’t forget that deer like them too!
½ pound sugar peas, strings removed
1 T. olive oil
1 green onion, chopped (green parts also)
Toasted sesame seeds
In a heated stir fry pan toss sugar peas with olive oil—cook until tender crisp, about 3 minutes. Add green onion and stir fry until onion is tender. Toss with sesame seed. Serve alone or with rice or as a side to pork or chicken dishes.
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