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What You Need to Know in Growing Snow Peas

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Snow peas are great in stir-fries, salads and as a crunchy snack on their own, and you can buy them in many grocery stores or farmers markets, but you can also grow them in your own patio garden or backyard plot
  • An early crop like lettuce and cauliflower, snow peas can tolerate cold weather so you can plant the seeds directly into your garden in early spring without being bothered by a light frost to around 35 or 40 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Depending on the variety of snow pea seeds you plant, some produce greater harvests due to extra growth nodes, some are bigger and others mature faster so chilly or hot temperatures won’t hinder their growth
  • Snow peas, like black beans, kidney beans, lentils and grains, contain lectins, which in large amounts can be harmful, potentially causing inflammation and increasing your blood viscosity
  • Rats fed protein hydrolysate extracted from yellow garden peas showed a 20 percent decrease in blood pressure in one study, and the pea protein may delay or prevent the onset of kidney damage

Snow peas aren’t just for Asian dishes. They’re delicious in all kinds of stir-fries with other vegetables, a tasty addition to salads and a crunchy snack all on their own. You can buy snow peas in the refrigerated case of many grocery stores or at farmers markets, but imagine heading out onto your own patio garden or backyard plot to pick handfuls of super-fresh snow peas you planted yourself.

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