A classic green vegetable that is one of the earliest known cultivated plants dating to 10,000 years BC. The humble garden pea has found its way into almost all world cuisines. It is an easy to grow bush/climber that is easy to harvest and stores well.
Garden peas come in thick rounded pots that aren’t usually eaten. The sweet, soft peas are stripped from inside the pods and can be eaten raw, dried, frozen and used in a broad range of dishes. They partner well with garlic, coriander, onion, tomato, carrots and of course don’t forget the mint.
They are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of vitamins B6, A, C, as well as folate, potassium and iron meaning they are of benefit to the immune system. A cup of cooked snow peas contains only 100 calories with 25% being protein. Can be eaten raw in salads or steamed or stir fried for Asian dishes. Best way is steamed and served with some fresh mint and a dob of butter.
All peas prefer a well limed free draining soil in full sun to part shade. Climbing and shrub forms both need some form of support or trellising.
Remove unused pods to extend production. After harvesting dig the roots through the soil to boost nitrogen levels. Regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed will keep the plant healthy and producing well.
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