Pea Snap Sugar Snap

Snap peas, a cross between English peas and snow peas, were grown in England and Holland in the late 17th century, but were not popular in other countries until the 1970's. After many years, many people still consider the Sugar Snap pea to be the best snap pea around. Its 3" plump, crunchy, edible pods have sweet flavor and grow on 6'-8' tall vines that require a sturdy pole or trellis. It is a nice reward to snack on them while you are watering the rest of the vegetable garden. The crunchy pods make nice appetizers served with dip and can be used in salads or stir-fries. You will enjoy Sugar Snap's long harvest period, heat tolerance, and wilt resistance.

When to sow outside: RECOMMENDED. 4 to 6 weeks before average last frost or as soon as soil can be worked. Soil temperatures must be above 40° F. In USDA zones 8 or warmer, sow in fall or winter for winter harvest

When to start inside: Not recommended.

Special germination instructions: Soak seed in water for 12 - 24 hours before sowing.

Harvesting: Edible pod peas should be picked before the seeds start to form. Peas that are too mature will cause the plant to stop producing; therefore, harvest daily. Use scissors to harvest or hold vine with one hand and pick pods with the other, as the vines are brittle.