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Sugar Snap Pea

Botanical Name: Pisum sativum

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# of seeds per packet: 180

Description

62-68 days. Before the Sugar Snap pea, most people grew either snow peas or shelling peas. Snow peas produce edible pods but the interior peas are tiny, and shelling peas contain large peas but the pods are inedible. In the late 60's, Calvin Lamborn crossed the two pea types, producing a pea with an edible pod and large, edible peas. Sugar snap was born! Immediately after its introduction, Sugar Snap gained widespread popularity with gardeners, winning the AAS Gold Medal in 1979. Peas like cool weather. Sugar Snap plants are vigorous and more heat tolerant than snow peas, meaning you can pick them into June. Good for spring or fall planting (see Growing Instructions tab). Pea vines can grow upwards of 6' (be sure to use a sturdy trellis!). Named appropriately, these edible, podded peas are very sweet. Peas are tender while pods are crisp and juicy. Excellent in stir-fries, but we like them best as a spring treat eaten hand-to mouth.

Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Peas are cool weather crops so they should be grown in spring & fall. Sugar Snaps are vining and need a trellis or other support. Peas are normally sown outdoors once the soil temp is at least 40° (around March 27th). Plant along a trellis. Sow seeds in a band 3” wide (3 rows that are 1½ inches apart), with seeds planted 1½” apart and 1” deep. This creates a denser planting than a single row planting and will produce more peas per square foot. Pea seeds germinate very slowly or may rot in overly cold & wet soils. Days to germination: 6-21. Seeds can be started indoors in biodegradable pots at 75° (around March 1st) & transplanted outdoors pot-and-all around March 27th. Plants will finish early (June) so you can sow pole beans below the peas 5/20 or fill space w/ basil or beets. For fall harvest, sow peas July 15th – Aug. 1st. Peas grow best if seeds are inoculated with a pea inoculant at planting.

Harvest:

Hand pick peas as they fill out, but before they get overly mature and tough. Keep plants picked to extend the harvest.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Peas are an easy seed saving crop. They are generally self-pollinated. Allow peas to mature completely on the vine (the pods will turn tan in color). Always save seeds from the best plants. Minimum population size: 6-25.

Seed Stories

Peas were likely domesticated in the Mediterranean basin about 10,000 years ago as one of the first agricultural crops. The dry, mature seeds were the food use until around the 16th century, when garden peas that could be eaten fresh at an immature stage were developed and become popular in northern Europe.

The modern snap pea was introduced in 1979 after 10 years of breeding work by Dr. Calvin Lamborn, who crossed a rogue thick-walled shelling pea with a snow pea in order to make a pea with the sweetness of fresh peas in an edible pod. Lamborn subsequently developed many other varieties of peas and continues his breeding work into his eighties.

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Description

62-68 days. Before the Sugar Snap pea, most people grew either snow peas or shelling peas. Snow peas produce edible pods but the interior peas are tiny, and shelling peas contain large peas but the pods are inedible. In the late 60's, Calvin Lamborn crossed the two pea types, producing a pea with an edible pod and large, edible peas. Sugar snap was born! Immediately after its introduction, Sugar Snap gained widespread popularity with gardeners, winning the AAS Gold Medal in 1979. Peas like cool weather. Sugar Snap plants are vigorous and more heat tolerant than snow peas, meaning you can pick them into June. Good for spring or fall planting (see Growing Instructions tab). Pea vines can grow upwards of 6' (be sure to use a sturdy trellis!). Named appropriately, these edible, podded peas are very sweet. Peas are tender while pods are crisp and juicy. Excellent in stir-fries, but we like them best as a spring treat eaten hand-to mouth.

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Growing

Growing Instructions (for USDA Zone 5b):

Peas are cool weather crops so they should be grown in spring & fall. Sugar Snaps are vining and need a trellis or other support. Peas are normally sown outdoors once the soil temp is at least 40° (around March 27th). Plant along a trellis. Sow seeds in a band 3” wide (3 rows that are 1½ inches apart), with seeds planted 1½” apart and 1” deep. This creates a denser planting than a single row planting and will produce more peas per square foot. Pea seeds germinate very slowly or may rot in overly cold & wet soils. Days to germination: 6-21. Seeds can be started indoors in biodegradable pots at 75° (around March 1st) & transplanted outdoors pot-and-all around March 27th. Plants will finish early (June) so you can sow pole beans below the peas 5/20 or fill space w/ basil or beets. For fall harvest, sow peas July 15th – Aug. 1st. Peas grow best if seeds are inoculated with a pea inoculant at planting.

Harvest:

Hand pick peas as they fill out, but before they get overly mature and tough. Keep plants picked to extend the harvest.

Seed Saving Instructions (for gardeners):

Peas are an easy seed saving crop. They are generally self-pollinated. Allow peas to mature completely on the vine (the pods will turn tan in color). Always save seeds from the best plants. Minimum population size: 6-25.

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Seed Stories

Peas were likely domesticated in the Mediterranean basin about 10,000 years ago as one of the first agricultural crops. The dry, mature seeds were the food use until around the 16th century, when garden peas that could be eaten fresh at an immature stage were developed and become popular in northern Europe.

The modern snap pea was introduced in 1979 after 10 years of breeding work by Dr. Calvin Lamborn, who crossed a rogue thick-walled shelling pea with a snow pea in order to make a pea with the sweetness of fresh peas in an edible pod. Lamborn subsequently developed many other varieties of peas and continues his breeding work into his eighties.

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