Heirloom Mix - Dwarf Snow Pea

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Heirloom Mix - Dwarf Snow Pea


Pisum sativum

This is a mostly a blend of Dwarf White Sugar (white flowers) and Dwarf Gray Sugar (purple flowers), two peas from the 1800’s which are enjoying a bit of a renaissance among gardeners. We have grown this as a mix in our production garden for many years because the dwarf white produces pods first, then the dwarf gray springs into action so that for a few days both are blooming and setting pods and finally the dwarf gray ends the season.  The small 2-3 inch flat pods are fine for stir fry and soups but don’t overlook the tender tips (pea shoots) of new growth or the delightful blossoms that chefs love to garnish their salads with.   
50-70 days. 

150 seeds (15 ft row).

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Dwarf Peas (Snow Peas, Shelling Peas, Snap Peas)
Packet plants a 20 ft row (200 seeds)

Dwarf peas will yield several pickings 60 days after an early spring planting.  

With snow peas, harvest the young pods while they are still flat, tender and the seeds inside have not caused the pods to swell.  Snow peas can become fibrous as they mature.  

Shelling peas are harvested when the pods swell. The peas inside will be most tender when the swollen pod is still bright green and smooth.  The swollen fibrous pods should be opened and discarded and the peas can be removed for preparation.  

Snap Peas are harvested when the green pod becomes swollen, crisp and juicy.  Snap Peas are edible,  pod and all.  Some have a string along the upper seam which can be pulled away from the pod with the calyx or stem end.  

Harvest and preparation of fresh peas are intensive but an early summer treat.  Here on Long Island peas are planted in mid March.

Sow seeds in a furrow an inch deep at a rate of 10 seeds per foot.  Dwarf peas do not need support and will generally intertwine to support themselves as a hedge like mass of vines usually under 24 inches.  They will climb a well supported netting or fence using their tendrils and that will make pod harvest easier.

Steam until tender and bright green, add butter and serve or use as you would any garden pea.  Snow pea pods are often used in Asian sir-fry cooking.  Snap Peas are served raw or lightly steamed.

Peas usually do not cross, they are self pollinating or inbreeders.  Wait until vines begin to brown and cut the vines at the ground and allow them to dry with the pods in a protected airy place then thrash the vines into a tub or onto a tarp to allow the dry brown pods to shatter open and release the seed.