a variety of pea with crisp, edible seedpods
- A variety of the common pea (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon), having a soft pod that lacks the fibrous inner lining of the common pea.
- The edible young flat pod of this plant.
Origin of snow peaPerhaps so called because peas in general are a cool-weather crop and snow peas sown or planted in the first part of spring can be harvested early in the growing season.