What are snap peas?

Considered a vegetable, snap peas (also known as mangetout) are actually a type of legume. In fact they belong to the Leguminoasae or Fabaceae family (genus Pisum, sativum species, variety called macrocarpon, full name "Pisum sativum macrocarpon".) This particular variety of pea is consumed whole, both the pod and the seeds contained in it. They are similar to the snow peas, but are slightly wider and flatter, and grow to approximately 10 centimeters. They should be consumed after cooking.


What are its nutritional properties?

Although belonging to the family of legumes, snap peas can be considered from the point of view of their composition, as rich in water and fiber and low in protein and calories.

100 grams of fresh raw snap peas provide about 18 calories broken down as follows:

  • 48% carbohydrates
  • 47% proteins
  • 5% lipids


in particular, 100 grams of raw fresh snap peas provide approximately:

  • 90.5 g water
  • 2.1 g of protein
  • 2.9 g of total fiber


in addition to good quantities potassium, phosphorus and calcium, vitamins of group B (B1, B2, B3 and B9), vitamin C and provitamin A.


When should you not eat snow peas?

There are no conditions known to date in which the consumption of snap peas might interfere with medications or other substances.


Seasonality of snap peas

Snap peas are gathered from spring until July.


Possible benefits and drawbacks of snap peas

Snap peas have several beneficial properties. The high fiber makes them a valuable ally for the the bowel activity and also increases the feeling of satiety, which combined with the low calorie intake means snap peas are an ideal food for those who want to lose weight. Thanks to their moderate glycemic index that characterizes them, snap peas are also suitable to be included in the diet of all people diabetic, but also obese or overweight, although you should watch for the insulin spikes. It is good not to eat snap peas overcooked because the vitamins and minerals they contain tend to deteriorate in contact with water and high temperatures.

As for contraindications, snap peas should not be consumed by anyone allergic or intolerant to this food.