Planting, Growing, and Harvesting Peas
Ideally, use peas when freshly picked as they rapidly toughen and will lose their sweetness.
Green peas can be eaten raw as a snack or in salads. Peas are also wonderful in pasta, soup, casserole, or stir-fry, sauté. Cooking times vary greatly depending on when the green peas were harvested. Young, small ones require less cooking than older, starchy ones.
To steam, put 1 inch of water in a pot, bring to a boil, place a steaming basket in the pan, slowly add peas to the steaming basket, and cover with a lid. Steam for about 2 minutes. Or, to microwave, put 2 tablespoons of water in a microwavable dish and cover. Microwave on high, checking every 2 minutes for doneness. Add butter and salt as desired.
Interestingly, the pea tendrils are also edible! Harvest these young pea shoots when they are 12 to 18 inches out of the ground. As with peas, eat the tender shoots soon after harvesting. Add to salads or in stir-fries at the end of cooking.
To shell peas more easily, blanch first then shell them. They pop right out of the shells very easily and fast.
What about southern peas? Black eye, purple hull, etc? I know they're more a warm weather crop but what about planting by the moon??
Hi, I’ve been picking my snow peas for a month now and most grew this last week. I picked a few that are developed inside but still in pod. Can I use these for planting next year? I know I should have left them on the vine. Can I let them dry and use or just eat them now?
When I studied Biology we were taught that the seeds or seed coverings (the sexual reproduction part of the plant was fruit as opposed to roots, stems and leaves. Question: Why is a pea not a fruit, but a vegetable?
True. Or, more specifically, pea pods are fruits and peas are seeds. The tendril tips are a vegetable though, and, an edible specialty.
According to the scientific definition of fruit, peas are indeed a fruit, since they are the seed-bearing structure that develops from the pea flower. However, in common language and in gardening, we usually follow the culinary definition of fruits and vegetables, which is that vegetables are savory and fruits are sweet. Of course, this is not always true—just eat a sugar snap pea—but this is the way that most vegetables and fruit are organized. This is why tomatoes, cucumbers, and pumpkins are also called vegetables despite technically being fruits!
So, long story short: Peas are both fruits and vegetables, depending on which definitions you follow!
We converted a single car garage into my greenhouse here in Pine, AZ (zone 7B)...have been growing peas all winter and they are flowering now. Heated by a portable heater at night and cooled by fan in day IF it is a sunny, warm day. Also growing lettuces, radish - both of which we are enjoying in salads daily, carrots, green onions, red and white “bulb” onions, broccoli, celery, spinach, strawberries (yes, picked a strawberry last week), blueberry bushes, dwarf trees: meyer lemon and Clementine mandarin.
These are very happy plants...and are eagerly awaiting peas to have with dinners!
Oh...the pea plants touch each other..seeds were planted about 2” apart....but they intertwined when growing upward...very happy plants. Feeding Chicken Soup for the Soil and side dressed with compost. Happy-happy plants!
I know the maturity date for Little Marvels is 60-65 days, but in general, how long are peas productive? I have a very small garden so I need to utilize the space well and once my peas die back, I will be tearing them out to make room for warm weather crops. Are peas productive for a week? A month?