Snow peas are a legume or more specifically a variety of pea which is eaten whole whilst in its pod while it is still not ripe. It is often called mange tout which is French for ‘eat all’, which is a generic term for snow peas and snap peas.
They are known for having pods that are edible and lack inedible fibre.
They are often served as a vegetable in its raw state or more often cooked.
So lets have a look at its nutritional attributes.
Serving size 100g
Energy 176 kJ (42 kcal)
– Sugars 4.00
– Dietary fiber 2.6
Vitamin A 1087 IU
– beta-carotene 630 μg (6%)
– lutein and zeaxanthin 740 μg
Thiamine (vit. B1) 0.150 mg (13%)
Riboflavin (vit. B2) 0.08 mg (7%)
Niacin (vit. B3) 0.6 mg (4%)
Pantothenic acid (B5) 0.75 mg (15%)
Vitamin B6 0.16 mg (12%)
Folate (vit. B9) 42 μg (11%)
Vitamin B12 0 μg (0%)
Choline 17.4 mg (4%)
Vitamin C 60 mg (72%)
Vitamin D 0 μg (0%)
Vitamin E 0.39 mg (3%)
Vitamin K 25 μg (24%)
Calcium 43 mg (4%)
Iron 2.08 mg (16%)
Magnesium 24 mg (7%)
Manganese 0.244 mg (12%)
Phosphorus 53 mg (8%)
Potassium 200 mg (4%)
Sodium 4 mg (0%)
Zinc 0.27 mg (3%)
Can guinea pigs eat snow peas?
Yes, snow peas are great for guinea pigs to eat. as you can see, they have a terrific amount of vitamin c. In fact they can be given to piggies pretty often.
However, do take care to take out the strings on the sides before serving them so they don’t choke on them at all.
They are definitely worth trying with your piggies if you can find them 🙂
So, dissecting the snow pea.
Can guinea pigs eat snow pea pods?
Yes they are absolutely fine for piggies to eat. As mentioned be sure to remove the strings on the sides.
Can guinea pigs eat snow pea leaves?
Yes the leaves are also great for guinea pigs to eat.
Can guinea pigs eat snow pea shoots?
Again, they are great for guinea pigs to eat.
Can guinea pigs eat snow pea sprouts?
Another name for snow pea shoots. Here’s a bit more detail on them.
Snowpea sprouts are young snow pea plants and it takes about a week to grow a pea seed into a pea sprout, after which, the sprout, as it begins to develop leaves, becomes a pea shoot. These sprouts can be grown indoors year round, though they thrive outdoors when the weather is cool. (source: sprout.au.net)
Can guinea pigs eat cooked snow peas?
No, don’t cook them just keep them raw. Foods should not be cooked for guinea pigs at all, and that includes giving them ‘left-overs’.
Can guinea pigs eat frozen snow peas?
Snow peas often come in a frozen state when bought from grocery stores. However, don’t even try and give these to piggies. Just buy them in their raw state.
Snow peas are a real winner for guinea pigs, definitely worth trying for your piggies because of their superb nutritional values. Most guinea pig owners recommend serving them 2-4 days a week in their raw state.