It's pea planting time! There are three types of edible peas, and Delaney’s has them all! Shelling Peas (Green Arrow, and Progress #9,) are grown for the fat, sweet peas that form in inedible pods. Snow Peas (Oregon Sugar Pod II conventional and organic) are sweet with edible pods. Pick them while flat and the peas are still very small. The name "snow pea" originated in China because these peas could survive a light snow. Sugar Snap Peas (Cascadia, Sugar Daddy, Sugar Snap, and Sugar Snap Pole) have both crisp, sweet, edible pods and tender peas. Harvest them before or after peas have swelled. With all peas, the sugars begin to turn to starch immediately after being picked; this is why grocery store peas don't compare in taste to homegrown peas!
Tips for Freshest Peas
Before you sow, soaking your pea seeds in water for 12 to 24 hours may hasten germination. Because peas grow best in cool weather, sow seeds 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost, or as soon as soil can be worked when soil temperatures are above 40°F. Support vines on a short fence or trellis for ease of harvesting pods.