Peas have been a staple of many culinary cultures for thousands of years. Dried peas are great sources of protein and sustained much of Europe in the Middle Ages. Soon, the English developed a variety (now known as English or garden peas) that were eaten in their immature stage.
|English peas from our garden|
|Sugar snap peas|
Sugar snap peas are actually a relatively new variety. During the 1970's, people wanted the sweetness and plumpness of the English pea and the convenience and crunch of the pea/pod of the snow pea. So the sugar snap pea was developed as a combination of the two.
Whatever variety you favor, this time of year, you won't have to be told "Eat your peas!"