In the March/April 2009 issue of Gardening How-To magazine, we shared some of our favorite peas for home gardens. Here are even more tasty peas to try:
Shelling peas – early-season varieties:
• ‘Knight’ (57 days) One of the earliest large-podded varieties. Resistant to powdery mildew, wilt, and mosaics. Grows 2 feet tall.
• Maestro (60 days) Heavy-yielding with good disease tolerance. Resistant to enation and powdery mildew. Grows 30 inches tall.
• Premium (51 days) Extra-early variety with medium-sized peas. Grows 30 inches tall.
Shelling peas – mid-season varieties:
• Green Arrow (63 days) High yields of very sweet peas, up to 12 peas per pod with two pods per node. Grows 28 inches tall.
• Lincoln (60 days) Old favorite, with delicious, sweet, small peas. Not as disease-resistant as more recent varieties, but tolerates warm weather. Grows 28 inches tall.
Shelling peas – late-season varieties:
• Alderman (74 days) Developed by Thomas Laxton over a century ago. Tallest shelling pea, with large pods containing eight to ten peas. Excellent fall crop. Grows 6 feet tall.
• Wando (70 days) This traditional warm-weather pea also tolerates cold weather; superb for fall plantings. Produces well in the far North and the deep South. Grows 30 inches tall.
Snow peas – early
• Little Sweetie (60 days) Crisp pods with high sugar content; produces over a long period. Grows 16 inches tall.
• Snow Green (59 days) Produces medium-size, crisp pods. Grows 28 inches tall.
Snow peas – mid-season
• Mammoth Melting Sugar (68 days) One of the sweetest, largest snow peas, with stringless pods nearly 6 inches long; can be prepared like snap beans. Wilt tolerant. Grows 5 feet tall.