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Wednesday 19 June 2024

Mangetout : 'Eat It All'

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

*In the US and elsewhere mangetout peas are typically described as 'snow peas' and 'snap peas'. Sugar snap peas are usually those with a rounder pod and crunchier texture. 

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

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. If you have any concerns about your health, it is always advisable to consult your doctor or health care team.

All the best Jan


Anonymous said...

These look like what we call snowpeas here -Christine

Dee said...

We love those. Here they are called snow peas.

Divers and Sundry said...

I've had these at restaurants but have never seen them at the grocery.

J.P. Alexander said...

Me gustan los guisantes, te mando un beso.

Tom said...

...mangetouts are new for me.

Mari said...

Yes, as you said, we call them snow peas here - and they are good!

roentare said...

We call it Snow Pea in Australia. I love it stir fried with garlic

Elephant's Child said...

We know them as snow peas too. I love them, and hope to grow them again later this year.

Margaret D said...

They do look nice Jan.

Fun60 said...

I enjoy them in a stir-fry.

Barwitzki said...

Lamb, zucchini, sugar peas, feta... what a wonderful recipe.
Made for me :-)))
I would want it immediately...
Thank you and
many greetings to you.

jabblog said...

I like them raw, too.

ashok said...

We have very similar ones...

eileeninmd said...

I do like the snow peas, yum!
Take care, have a great day!

My name is Erika. said...

I never noticed any spring peas this year, and now I want them. I love peas and pea pods. Hope you're having a lovely week.

Valerie-Jael said...

I love mangetouts, so tasty! Hugs!

DUTA said...

Every 'young and tender' food item is good and tasty. I'm not familiar with these peas, but thanks for the info; I'll be on the lookout for them.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Jan,
This looks great. Hmmm,.... that looks so delicious.
You can do this so well. And good pictures, very important too...haha...!!

Many greetings,

Ananka said...

I absolutely love them and eat them as they are! Good snack :-D


La aportación de estas verduras, es muy importante para una buena alimentación.

Un abrazo.

Carla from The River said...

We planted sugar snaps this year in our garden ... I hope to be eating them soon. :-)

Bob Bushell said...

Mangetout, I love them Jan.

happyone said...

We call them snow peas here and I like them!

Lowcarb team member said...

Google Translate

J.P. Alexander said...
Me gustan los guisantes, te mando un beso.

I like peas, I send you a kiss.

La aportación de estas verduras, es muy importante para una buena alimentación

The contribution of these vegetables is very important for a good diet

This N That said...

I love Snow peas... I must get myself some lamb chops. It's been years.
I hope all is well with you

Jeanie said...

I've never heard Mangetout before. I'm going to remember that! They look yummy!

Teresa said...

Me encantan. Feliz día. Besos.

William Kendall said...

That's new to me.

Conniecrafter said...

I have heard them called snap peas, don't eat a lot of them though