I remember sugar snap peas being a requisite part of my veggies with ranch snacks as a kid. Surprisingly, they’re actually a new veggie! A snap pea is actually a cross between your standard garden pea and a snow pea. While versions of the sugar snap pea had existed before, the common sugar snap peas we’re all familiar with were developed in 1979.
I only peripherally knew there were three kinds of peas. Any gardeners reading this are probably thinking, duh!, but it’s not really something I had recognized before.
Garden peas, or english peas, are your standard peas and carrots kind of pea. Their pods are tough and inedible, so we only eat the peas inside.
Snow peas are the ones with flat pods and little tiny peas inside. They’re the traditional pea in stir fry.
A sugar snap pea is a cross between the two. It has a round pod like a garden pea and you can eat the whole thing like a snow pea.
If you aren’t sure which kind of pea is your favorite, try this recipe from Jami at An Oregon Cottage. She's paired all three kinds of peas with feta, walnuts, and a dash of fresh mint. This looks like a perfect make-ahead lunch to me.