Snow peas have pale green pods and contain petite, flattened peas. Pods are wide and flat, measuring approximately two to three inches in length. Both the peas and pod are edible and have a sweet pea flavor and tender yet crisp texture. The peas grow from flowers which can be white or purple, at this young stage both the leaves and flowers of the snow pea plant can be eaten as well. Snow peas are an integral vegetable in oriental cuisine and used commonly in stir-fries, fried rice and noodle dishes. Their crunchy texture and fresh flavor will complement soups, curries and meats prepared in a rich sauce.
Snow peas can also be used raw in salads and spring rolls. A versatile pea its flavor and texture marries well with shrimp, scallops, cashews, citrus, soy sauce, sesame, butter, delicate noodles and tofu. Because of their high sugar content care should be taken when cooking snow peas as they will brown quicker than other varieties of peas.
Place peas in a perforated plastic bag in the vegetable crisper section of the refrigerator to keep them moist. Peas will keep in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days. Peas that can't be used in a week should be frozen. Peas that are stored too cold or too long will become soft and start to brown.