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Monday, May 7, 2012

SNOW PEAS-A-BLOOMING & BLOOMING, OH MY!

HELLO & Welcome to GARDEN DADDY here at the urban farm!  What to do with all these snow peas you say?  If you are having the HUGE harvest I am experiencing here in Jackson, TN., then you are overwhelmed with those "body snatcher" little pods!  I have given them to everyone at church, in the neighborhood, at work...anyone who will stand still long enough and knows anything at all how to prepare or even attempt to prepare them have been gifted with these peas from this urban farm!  And those vines are still a'bloomin'!
I thought I might give you a recipe or two I ran across and made a little deviation from to make it my own and now, gifted to you:   (When I tell you to "WASH" & "SEED" everything in advance...do just that or either heat or seeds in the teeth and bitterness will prevail.)
*1/2-lb snow pea pods, capped and strung or shelled if you let them get too big for eating the whole pod then cut into fork size pieces on the diagonal.
*1/2 -RED & YELLOW bell pepper
*4-green onions, all the white and large quantity of the green tops, cut on the diagonal.
*2-medium carrots, cut into julienned strips
*1-medium to large jalapeno or milder pepper to taste, cut into thin slices
*1/2-cup fresh basil leaves, whole or chopped as per your own taste
*1/4-cup fresh mint leaves (same as above)
*1/2-cup fresh rough chopped flat leaf parsley
*1-clove garlic - crushed
*1/4-cup extra virgin olive oil
*lime juice - to taste
*Kosher salt to taste
*Fresh cracked pepper to taste
*1-tsp. sugar
*Champagne vinegar to taste (or white will be fine)
Let me know how you like this one!
Then there is the one where you cook rice, add shrimp, some curry, snow pea pods, Thai or regular basil, coconut milk, a little brown sugar, and some chili or other milder sliced peppers, garlic, then use your imagination for anything else you would like to add and try this as well.
There are many more snow pea recipes...snow peas with onions, fresh mint and lime heated for a few minutes in olive oil and lots more.  Use your imagination to use them up.  Me, I just give them away.  Again, I think it is the chicken manure this year!  Not only are they producing like crazy but the pods themselves are really HUGE!  Tasty & HUGE!
I leave you then today with our ongoing mid-town gardening affirmation:   "URBAN FARMING"   ONE EGG AT A TIME!"

3 comments:

  1. Yum, snow peas! Here in mid-Michigan its still very chilly and wet...thanks for sharing your recipes

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  2. You know that snow peas can certainly tolerate a good bit of cold weater. I planted the week of Valentine here in Zone 7. They can easily take frost and even snow, so get those seeds in the ground...yes plant straight in the ground and then add a light straw mulch, either wheat or pine will do but lightly. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for the recipes. I think I'm stuck with getting snow peas at the grocery.

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