These green things set off a big debate in my house. First off, what are they called? Sugar snap peas, snap peas, snow peas, english peas? And, second, can you eat the entire pea pod, or are you suppose to only eat the peas inside by using your teeth to scrape the outside thereby popping the pea out of the pod and into your mouth (sorta like edamame)?
To answer the first question, these are sugar snap peas. And, yes, you can eat the pod, but it depends on the age of the pea. Older sugar snap peas tend to be more fibrous, making the pod hard to chew. These were, unfortunately, just past their prime, so we dipped them in Sriracha mayo and ate them like edamame. Josie loved them, which is interesting since her reaction to frozen peas is to open her mouth and let them fall out.
To make these, start by washing the pod and then cut the tips of each end. Toss in olive oil. In either in a grill basket or on a piece of foil, place on a hot grill. Grill for about 5 to 7 minutes or until slightly charred and tender.
Toss with a little sea salt and serve immediately with a dipping sauce.
Sriracha mayo is easy to make. Just combine store bought mayo with one or two tablespoons of Sriracha. Make it as spicy as you like.