During these hot summer months, it is such a delight to be able to harvest homegrown MangeTout (Snow Peas) straight from the garden. This year, I grew six "Oregon Sugar Pod" plants from seed, in our veggie patch. Now, a few times a week, I can harvest just enough to go into a stir-fry for dinner (along with other vegetables like rainbow chard and occasionally, a few spears of asparagus).
I pick the pods before the peas within mature, when they are still sweet and crunchy. If you keep picking the peas as they appear, the more productive the plants are. Snow Peas are so versatile, and you can eat them raw in salads, or cooked in stir-fries.
Mental note to self: must grow double the number of Snow Pea plants next year.