Flat, edible, pea pods that contain tiny peas. The thin crisp pods from this vegetable are a bright green, turning a rich dark green when cooked. They do not require shelling but the string may need to be removed from the larger pods and the tips are generally snapped off. They are commonly used as an ingredient in Asian dishes.
Snow peas are available throughout the year in supermarkets, produce markets, and Oriental markets. When selecting, choose the pods that are small, crisp and shiny with the smallest peas. Avoid limp, shriveled and overgrown pods. To store, place in a plastic bag and keep in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator and they will keep for approximately three days.