THE DISH ON EATING LOCAL SUGAR SNAP PEAS
3 ways you can enjoy discovering local sugar snap peas in your area!
1. Find Sugar Snap Peas at your Local Market
Local sugar snap peas pack more than a delicious crunch! When you purchase local produce, like sugar snap peas, they also packed with more nutrition because “it doesn’t have to be processed like food traveling long distances. It has more of the stuff you want, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein; and it has less of what you don’t want, like additives, preservatives, and other chemicals”, according to Local First Arizona Foundation.
Give yourself and your family the fresh taste and nutrients found in local produce by finding the local market nearest you! Click here for a list of markets throughout the state.
2. Eat Sugar Snap Peas at your Local Restaurant
Many local restaurants endorse sourcing out some of the best ingredients, but do they use local ingredients? Here is one such restaurant we have discovered that uses local sugar snap peas in this wonderful dish by Chef Dustin Christofolo called Sugar Snap Pea and Spring Onion Bruschetta. Below is the information to find out more on this location and restaurant.
Quiessence at The Farm
Dining at Quiessence is unlike any other experience in Arizona. As you walk up to the original farmhouse on the property, you see the lush and vibrant Soil & Seed Garden, where the freshest ingredients for your evening’s dishes have been sourced. Chef Dustin Christofolo determines each element planted in the garden to perfect his refined, rustic menus that change with each harvest. The flavors of the Arizona terroir shine through each dish with the unique layering of flavors and exceptional uses of the local ingredients.
With the delicious vegetables, herbs and edible flowers from their on-site garden, over 60 fruit trees, eggs from our chicken coop, fresh breads from their Le Panyol oven, and meats and cheeses from other local farmers and purveyors, guests experience the freshest ingredients possible when dining at Quiessence.
We’re also the perfect restaurant for engagements, anniversaries, birthdays, and any special occasion. Our exclusive Signature Brick Oven Experience features an 8-Course Chef’s Tasting Menu that is the only of its kind in Arizona. Quiessence is also available for private dining. Check the website for special dinners and wine tastings throughout the year.
Location: 6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042
To find more local restaurants sourcing local ingredients click here!
Recipes change all the time and viewers should check with all restaurants to find out what’s on the menu currently.
3. Learn a Recipe to Make it Yourself
Want to discover how to make this local sugar snap peas dish? Watch the video on just how easy it is to bring Farm to your table.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Chef Dustin Christofolo's Sugar Snap Pea & Spring Onion Bruschetta
This Sugar Snap Pea & Spring Onion Bruschetta by Quiessence at The Farm uses fresh and simple ingredients, while still creating a burst of seasonal flavors. The mint brings a bright tone to the dish, the snap peas a delicious crunch, and the ricotta a creamy accompaniment. This bruschetta would be a great starter for a fish set, such as local Chula Seafood Swordfish. A beautiful Sauvignon Blanc or the Dos Cabezas Pink would be a great pairing for this garden-inspired dish.
- 2 quarts whole cleaned sugar snap peas
- 2 tablespoons minced shallot
- 4 tablespoons minced spring onions
- 1 cup mint chiffonade (thinly sliced with sharp knife), plus whole or torn mint leaves for garnish
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Clean sugar snap peas by severing top of pea and peeling string part that runs along both sides of pea.
- Repeat this process with top and bottom of pea, cleaning both sides.
- Rough chop cleaned sugar snap peas and place in medium-sized mixing bowl.
- Add all other ingredients to mixing bowl and mix with spatula until all ingredients are incorporated.
- Add salt, pepper and oil to taste.
- 1 baguette, cut in ½-inch slices
- 2 cups fresh ricotta
- Brush oil on baguette slices.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Grill or toast.
- Spread ricotta on baguette then top with relish.
- Garnish with whole or torn mint leaves.
EAT YOUR VEGGIES, AND MAKE IT SNAP-PEA!
Want to know more about local sugar snap peas?
‘Sugar’ may be in the name, but these delicious little peas are actually one of the most nutritious types of pea out there. They’re high in fiber, especially because you eat the entire pod, not just the peas inside. They’re rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen your immune system. They’re a great source of the various B vitamins and folic acid, which help break down protein, carbohydrates, and fat into energy, as well as aid nerve function and promote red blood cell production. Sugar snap peas contain essential minerals such as iron – important for oxygen transport – and manganese, which helps with blood sugar support, calcium absorption, hormone production, and nerve function. They’re also rich in fat soluble vitamins A and K. Vitamin A is important for immune function while vitamin K is important for blood clotting.
Sugar snap peas are one of the newest variety of the pea, developed in 1952 when a flat Chinese snow pea was cross-bred with a mutant garden pea by Dr. Calvin Lamborn and Dr. M.C. Parker of Twin Falls, Idaho. They had hoped to make a pea that counteracted the twisting and buckling seen in other pea varieties at the time. And it worked! The trick was the mutant garden pea, which had much thicker pod walls.
But peas themselves have been around dating back to 5000 BCE. They originated in either central Asia or the Middle East – it’s still up for debate actually. Originally, they were grown just for their dry seeds. As time wore on, more and more societies began including peas in their diets. They were a big source of nourishment for everybody from peasants to royalty.
Sugar snap peas are just one of several similar varieties of snap pea. Some of the other varieties include the Sugar Ann, the Sugar Bonn, the Amish Snap, the Cascadia, the Sugar Daddy, the Super Sugar Snap, and the Sugar Lace II. All varieties of snap peas are best straight off the vine or within a few days of harvest. Aside from eating them fresh, you can lightly cook them in a stir fry, or dry them out and lightly salt them to make snap pea crisps!
The harvest season for sugar snap peas is a bit shorter than regular peas. If left too long, they turn yellow, get stringier, and become starchy. When buying local sugar snap peas, look for peas that are smooth, plump, and emerald in color. They should ‘snap’ when broken in half. Peas should be no more than 2 ½” in length – overgrown peas get tough. Before cooking with them, snap the ends off and remove the floss-like string that runs along the seam. Sugar snap peas are best fresh, but you can store them in a plastic bag with a paper towel for about 5 days.
Buying local sugar snap peas is beneficial to the local economy, good for the environment, and support a healthy lifestyle. When we purchase sugar snap peas from a local market or farmers market, we make an active choice to know exactly where our food is coming from. With all the farmers right here in the state of Arizona, we can be assured that your produce is being taken care of from the seed to the market stand.