Varieties we grow and love:
- English shell – yep, you gotta shell these babies.
- snap (Sugar Ann, Sugar Sprint) – These edible pods are also full of edible peas – DO NOT SHELL
- Snow (Oregon Giant, Purple) – flat edible pods (the peas are not developed inside) in green or purple flavor
If you are not sure if you have shell peas or snap peas, try biting one in half and chewing it. It is virtually impossible to enjoy eating a shell pea pod, whereas a snap pea will crunch up and be delightfully sweet. The snow peas are simple to tell because they really are flat.
As always, fresh produce is most delicious and nutritious when consumed as close to the harvest date as possible.
Store any peas in a plastic bag in refrigerator. They will keep easily for a week. Peas also freeze beautifully. Shell the peas if they are shell peas, remove the string for teh snap or snow peas, and blanch for 1 1/2 minutes.