Receiving Information: Pods of all types should exhibit good green coloring with a soft, velvety touch. Green peas should have well-filled pods with large, round peas inside. Snap and snow peas should exhibit firm pods. Snap peas may be slightly darker and smaller than snow peas. Shriveling; Peas may shrivel or wilt if stored in an area with low humidity. For best quality, maintain a humidity level of 90-98%. Loss of flavor:; Storing peas at high temperatures may cause a decrease in sugar content and loss of flavor. To prevent loss of flavor, store peas at 32-36 degrees F/0-2 degrees C. Yellowing; Exposure to ethylene gas may cause peas to lose their green color. To prevent yellowing, keep peas away from ethylene producing fruits and ripening rooms. Storage/Handling: Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 7 days or less: 32-36 degrees F/0-2 degrees C. 90-98% relative humidity.
Pods are edible and may be eaten fresh or cooked. Destringing pods is not necessary. Sugar Snap Peas are similar in appearance to regular pea pods, only smaller. Color will be a pale green, but, slightly darker than a snow pea. Pods are plump, edible, sweet and crunchy.