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Monday 21 June 2021

Mangetout : What Is It

Mangetout are young, tender garden peas. Find out when mangetout are in season, how to buy the best, and tips for storing and cooking this green vegetable by reading this article.

What is mangetout?
The French name tells you everything; it means ‘eat it all’. Mangetout properly means a type of garden pea picked very young, so young that the pod is still flat and the peas have barely developed. Also known as snow pea or sugar pea. A sugar snap pea is more fully developed and rounder, but the pod can still be eaten.

How to cook mangetout
Ideally, mangetouts can be cooked just as they are and great care must be taken to serve them crisp and brightly coloured.

Unfortunately, the variety sold and the time of the year means you always have to check for strings. Pull back the stalk end to see if the string is developed and if so, you must string every one, both sides. If the strings are minor, you may eat them as they are.

They are an excellent ingredient to use in stir-fries when they can be cut in half diagonally, both for looks and for faster cooking. Otherwise, the microwave is by far the best way to enhance and enjoy their green, garden flavour. Cook covered with no added water other than any left after rinsing and shaking dry. Steaming quickly reduces their flavour and colour; boiling does the same, faster.

The sweetness of lightly cooked mangetout peas is especially good with all seafood (even in cocktails) and with fish, hot or cold. They make an interesting ingredient in salads, too. Find more mangetout cooking ideas here

How to store mangetout
Best eaten quickly. The ideal way to keep them crisp and fresh is to store them in the refrigerator in a roomy bag or box into which you have sprinkled a little water, which will then keep them in very good condition for days.

When is mangetout in season?
The UK season is June to September, but supplies from other countries appear throughout much of the year. Frozen mangetout can be found but, like all such vegetables, they will have been blanched and so need less cooking than fresh ones.

Choose the best mangetout
Being so young, the pods deteriorate very quickly. They should be green, rather than yellow, and not in the least flabby – they should break crisply and look moist. Also check for strings on either side; if these are prominent or seem tough, the pods have dried out.
Words above taken from article here

You may like to try this recipe
Lamb chops with courgette, mangetout and feta cheese salad

Serves Two
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped thyme leaves
4 lamb chops
2 small courgettes (zucchini), sliced into 1cm-thick rounds
200g mangetout
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
½ tsp Dijon mustard
¼ tsp chilli flakes (optional)
small handful mint leaves, roughly chopped
small handful basil leaves, roughly chopped
25g feta, crumbled
Nutrition Per Serving
Fat 31g Protein 47g Carbs 6g
Recipe Instructions
can be seen here

Dear reader, you will find a variety of articles and recipe ideas within this blog, and not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.

All the best Jan


Computer Tutor said...

These do sound tasty!

Tom said...

...I have seen these peas, but with a different name.

bobbie said...

kchicken and snow peas ~ common asian dish.

peppylady (Dora) said...

Lamb chops are fanstatic.
Coffee is on and stay safe

J.P. Alexander said...

Siempre he querido probar ese legumbre gracias por la receta. Te mando un beso

Christine said...

I know this as snow peas. Delicious!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow. I learned a new word for very young peas in a pod today.

Valerie-Jael said...

I love them! Have a great week, Valerie

Jo said...

I like mangetout. We don't have them very often but I always enjoy them when we do.

mamasmercantile said...

Great tip for storing them.

eileeninmd said...

Looks like another great recipe.
I would like the peas. Take care, have a happy new week!

Jenn Jilks said...

They are snow peas, here! I love them!!!!

My name is Erika. said...

That's a new word for me. Although I have had baby peas like that before. YUM. Happy new week and happy summer to you also!

Martha said...

I know them as snow peas and they sure are delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these in stir fries. We call them snow peas here.

Ananka said...

I love them and eat them as is haha! :-D

Sami said...

I've eaten them and they are delicious.

DUTA said...

I love all the sorts of peas that are on the market. I enjoy them in soup or as a side dish.They are a great addition to any meal!

Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Snow peas in summer sounds delicious.

Creations By Cindy said...

We call these snow peas. I love them. I love them in salad. I like to use all different types of seasoning on them and give them a stir real quick in my stir frys. Thank you for your recipe. Happy Monday! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

R's Rue said...

These look delicious. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanie said...

I never would have guessed this. Rick grew sugar peas but this year the crop was really terrible. I suspect it didn't get enough water. I didn't know this name for them, though.

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

This is a new name for me as well. I love tender sugar snap peas!

Lisabella Russo said...

Thank you for the information on mangetouts, they are lovely.

happyone said...

In my neck of the woods they are called pea pods and we like them.

Sandra Cox said...

I love snow peas, though I'd never heard their French name.
Be well.

Sue said...

This is such a waste lol. Let the peas grow and then eat them raw, by the bag full! Yum.xx

Conniecrafter said...

I never did get a big liking for them, hubby will eat them but not his favorite so we tend to pass them up

Snowbird said...

I always think of them as sugar snap peas. I love their delicate flavour although I stopped growing them as they took up so much room for such a small

Anne (cornucopia) said...

These are even great "raw".

Teresa said...

Se ven riquísimos. Un beso.

Hilly Nicolay said...

Snow peas are delicious.

Good day,

baili said...

i think we have it here with different name and my mother in law cooked it many times ,not me though
thank you for sharing

Magic Love Crow said...

I learn something new everyday! Thanks Jan! I didn't know the name, but I eat them and love them! Big Hugs!

ajay sharma said...

This is really a very delicious recipe. people should try this recipe at home. Thanks for sharing
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