Monk's Madness Mix - Tall Snow Pea


Monk's Madness Mix - Tall Snow Pea


Pisum sativum

Green, yellow and purple pods in a nice blend of flat stir-fry or raw snacking peas.  The green pods are generally the sweetest but the purple and yellow ones are really beautiful mixed in and tender before the seeds inside begin to swell.   Then the pods will become more fibrous and less tender.  These are all tall vining kinds and will need a fence or trellis to climb at least six feet.   Keep them picked and you will find the vines continue to produce.  Hot weather and dry conditions will curtail their production though.  Gregor Mendel studied green, yellow and purple podded peas to discover the laws of genetics and now you can experience the same thrill of discovery.  
50-70 days. 

100 seeds (10 ft of row)

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Tall Climbing Peas (Snow Peas)
Packet plants a 10 ft row (100 seeds)

Tall climbing peas will yield several pickings 70 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.   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.