Know Your Peas: Snow Peas vs Sugar Snap Peas vs Garden Peas

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There are really only 3 main types of peas that you can grow in your garden.

  • Snow Peas (aka mangetout)
  • Sugar Snap Peas (also aka mangetout)
  • Garden Peas (aka regular peas)

The word mangetout (French for eat all) can apply to sugar snap peas and snow peas. And they are called mangetout because you can eat both the peas and the pea pod.

Garden peas have a harder, more fibrous pod. The pod is not eaten and you need to remove the peas from the shell. These are the type of peas that you will find canned or frozen.

Sugar Snap Peas vs Snow Peas

Don’t confuse these with edamame which are not peas. Edamame are a type of soybean.

Snow peas have the softest pod. You can eat the whole thing raw or toss it in a stir-fry. They are popular in Chinese cooking.

Sugar snap peas are also eaten whole but the pod is a bit more crunchy. Your jaw will go snap snap snap when you eat them.

Sugar snap peas are actually a cross breed between snow peas and garden peas. Don’t worry about the word “sugar” in the name. Sugar snap peas are low carb and are not going to make you fat.

Snow peas are more resistant to cold weather. That’s why they got the name snow peas!

Let’s take a look at their nutritional information:

Snow Peas Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 100 grams(100g)
Calories 41.7 Calories from Fat 0(0%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg 0%
Carbohydrates 7.1g
Net carbs 4.8g
Fiber 2.4g 10%
Glucose 3.6g
Protein 2.4g
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin A 214.3μg 24%
Vitamin C 85.7mg 143%
Calcium 47.6mg 5%
Iron 1mg 12%
Fatty acids
Amino acids
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Sugar Snap Peas Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 100 grams(100g)
Calories 41.2 Calories from Fat 0(0%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 200mg
Carbohydrates 7.1g
Net carbs 4.7g
Fiber 2.4g 10%
Glucose 3.5g
Protein 2.4g
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin A 211.8μg 24%
Vitamin C 95.3mg 159%
Calcium 47.1mg 5%
Iron 0.9mg 12%
Fatty acids
Amino acids
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.

Garden Peas Nutrition Facts
For a Serving Size of 100 grams(100g)
Calories 79 Calories from Fat 0(0%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg 0%
Carbohydrates 13.5g
Net carbs 9g
Sugar 4.5g
Fiber 4.5g 18%
Protein 5.6g
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamin A IU 449IU
Vitamin C 6.7mg 12%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 1.2mg 16%
Fatty acids
Amino acids
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.

Nutritionally there’s not much difference between snow peas and sugar snap peas. It just really depends if you want a crunchier pea pod.

Eating garden peas changes the nutritional balance. Notably, you get much more Vitamin A and less Vitamin C with garden peas.

So if you want more Vitamin C, eat mangetout and eat the whole pod.

Growing Peas

Peas are easy to grow and don’t take a lot of work. You do need to make sure they have adequate support and of course water.

Hopefully this article has helped you to decide what type of peas you want to grow.

My advice, try both snow peas and sugar snap peas but buy your garden peas frozen at the supermarket to avoid the tedious shelling!

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