If I had to guess, I would put my money on peas as the second most loved vegetable to grow just after tomatoes. There’s something about them that brings out the hyperbole! Ask a gardener which variety of pea she likes and you’ll get “I grow nothing but X.. it produces like crazy and it’s as sweet as candy!”
I’ve got three varieties of peas going.
- Cascadia. A sugar snap pea that is absolutely fantastic. Thick pods, juicy, sweet. The best I’ve grown. Insert personal hyperbole here.
- Carouby de Maussane. A gorgeous plant that produces long, thin snow peas.
- Golden Sweet. A yellow snow pea with a long vine.
There are basically three kinds of peas. Snow peas are the flat pods with small dots of peas growing within. The pods are edible. Snap peas have fatter pods and fatter peas within and the pods are edible. Green peas have fatter, bigger pods and the pods usually aren’t edible – you shell them to pull out the peas.
The beauty of peas is the variety. While I don’t have any of the traditional “garden” (green) peas going nor do I have any that will extend deep into the season (there are usually three pea season varieties – early, second early maincrop, and maincrop). I go for that lovely early burst. Peas grow quickly and fade just as fast around here, but it’s one of those truly seasonal vegetables that I can’t imagine going without.