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The fine and slender almost translucent pods of mange tout (from the French for 'eat all') contain very young tiny tender peas. The whole mange tout pod is eaten and they have a crisp texture with a flavour similar to peas. Look for bright green, crisp pods.

Mange Tout

How To Use Mange Tout

Mange tout can be served raw or cooked. Include raw mange tout in salads or serve with a selection of mixed raw vegetables as crudité with dips. They can be served as a side dish or included in stir-fries.

How To Prepare Mange Tout

Mange tout need very little preparation, simply wash and top and tail if the ends are tough.

How To Cook Mange Tout

Mange tout can be steamed or stir-fried. To steam, place the prepared mange tout in a steamer and cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until just tender. Do not overcook or they will lose their flavour and crunchy texture. To stir fry, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan, add the mange tout and stir fry for 2 - 3 minutes or until just tender.

How To Store Mange Tout

Keep refrigerated after purchase.

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