Edible Podded, Snow Peas and Sugar Snap Peas Pisum sativum var sativum
The two types of peas whose pods are eaten are snow peas, also known as Chinese pea pods, and sugar snap peas, which are a cross between snow peas and English peas. Peas are frost hardy, like to be planted, and thrive, in cool weather (55°F to 60°F). They tend to become bitter and fibrous as temperatures to warmer. Therefore, plant outdoors in full sun, in early spring for an early summer harvest, or mid to late summer for a fall harvest. Plant the seeds 1½ inches deep spacing them at a rate of one to two seeds every two inches. Space the rows 2½ feet apart.
Since it is common to prune dormant trees about the same time that you plant peas in the early spring, it is a tradition to use branches, stuck into the ground along your pea row, as support for climbing peas. You can also use other items for support, for example lattice, netting, twine, and field fencing, but "pea brush" is by far the simplest.
Each ounce is approximately 90 to 125 seeds. (One ounce will generally plant at least a 10-foot row.) Click on variety's picture or name below for more information and quantity pricing options (where available).