Peas Can I Have Some More, Sir?

Spring is on its way.  It is.  Even for New England.

So, you can start looking forward to your garden and fresh produce. And what’s the first thing you’ll probably harvest this spring . . . ?

Peas, of course.

For a lot of people, peas are peas. They plant one kind and that’s that: They’re happy. But as with most plants, there are different varieties.

Of course, with the luxury of choice comes the headache of confusion:  shelling peas, snap peas, pea pods, Blauwschokker.

What the heck are they and how do you choose? It’s all too much.

Fortunately, Gardening Jones can clear things up.

gardening tipsGardening Tips for Choosing Peas

Cool weather–loving garden peas, Pisum sativum, are usually divided into two groups, based on their pods. Non-edible-podded, or “shelling,” peas are the most commonly thought of pea variety. The peas are allowed to get plump in the pod before harvesting. Removing the peas from the pod can be a lot of work, so take that into consideration when planning your garden. If you are planning on growing shelling peas, look for varieties, such as ‘Canoe’, that produce more peas per pod, saving you some effort.

Edible-podded varieties include snap and snow peas. . . . (Click here for the rest of the article.)

If you’ve been confused about pea varieties, I hope these gardening tips help you choose the peas that suit your and your family’s needs the best.  If your a one-pea person, I hope this has given you some ideas about branching out.

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