Snow peas can be eaten raw, while the cooking process will cause them to become sweeter!
Also Known as: Mangetout, Chinese sugar peas, edible-podded peas.
The snow pea (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) is a legume, more specifically a variety of pea eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. The name mangetout (French for "eat all") can apply both to snow peas and to snap peas. It is speculated that the name comes from the whitish tint reflected from the pods. It also may come because of their tendency to grow at the end of winter, just before the last spring freeze. They can be covered with snow, hence the name; during these times, but still keeps growing well. The pods of snow peas are flat and thin with the bulge of the tiny seed barely visible at prime eating stage. The bright green pods should be turgid and crisp. They contain five to seven seeds and reach a length of two to three inches. The pods of sugar snaps are plump like regular English peas but are sweet and tender, thus eaten whole without being shelled, eaten raw or cooked. The vigorous growing vine is a legume.
Although your fishmonger will probably offer to clean soft-shell crabs for you, for optimum freshness you should clean the crabs yourself, right before cooking.
1.Start by cutting off the mouth with kitchen shears;the mouth is the first part of the shell to harden.You can also cut off the eyes at the same time, but this is purely for aesthetic reasons, as the eyes are edible.
2.Lift the pointed side of the crab and cut out the spongy off-white grills underneath;the grills are fibrous and watery and unpleasant to eat.
3.Finally, turn the crab on its back and cut off the triangular, or T-shaped,''apron flap''at the tail.
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