Superb snap peas are reportedly grown in the Amish community long before the present snap pea types. Vines grow 5-6′ tall and are covered in 2″ translucent green pods. Yields over a 6-week period if kept picked. Delicate and sweet even when the seeds develop. Snap, 60-70 days.
History of the Plant
Amish Snap Pea (Pisum sativum) An heirloom pea cherished by the Amish, pre-dating the Sugarsnap variety of the 1950s. This is a tall-growing Butterpea type of the 18th-19th century with an old-fashioned taste. Vines grow 5-6 feet tall and produce many 2-3 inch translucent green pods.
Learn to Grow Amish Snap Pea
SOIL: Before planting the peas, remove all weeds and trash from the planting area. Then till the soil is 8 to 10 inches deep and rake it several times to break up the large dirt clods. Work the garden soil only when it is dry enough to not stick to garden tools.
PLANTING: In the spring, plant sugar snap peas as soon as you can prepare the soil. Sugar snap peas are a cool-season vegetable and can tolerate light frosts even when the plants are small.
SOWING: Because peas thrive in cool weather and do not transplant well, they should be planted outside 4-6 weeks before the last frost or when the average soil temperature reaches at least 40 degrees F.
WATER: Do not let the soil dry out but do not overwater. You may need to irrigate once a week if no rain has fallen
HARVESTING: Harvest when the individual peas have grown to the size of BBs, or when the pods have reached their full length. This stage is usually reached 5 to 7 days after flowering. Pick the peas at least every other day to ensure that the pods are sweet and free of fiber.
FERTILIZING: Sugar snap peas are nitrogen-fixing plants: They take nitrogen from the air and change it into a form that they can use for food. To increase the crop.
SAVING SEED: Saving pea seeds is easy! Leave pods of spring-planted peas on the vine to dry. Hand shell, or stomp pods on a tarp. To ensure true-to-type seed, separate pea varieties by 30 feet.
MULCHING: Apply a light layer of straw, reusable black landscape fabric, or wood chips around your bean plants to keep moisture and heat in your soil and suppress weed populations.
NUTRITIONAL: One cup serving (63g) of whole, raw sugar snap peas provides 27 calories, almost 2g of protein, 4.89 of carbohydrates, and 0.1g of fat. Sugar snap peas are an excellent source of vitamin C, iron, and potassium. The following nutrition information is provided by the USDA.2
MEDICINAL: Snap peas are an excellent source of vitamin K, which plays an important role in keeping your skeletal system strong. Vitamin K helps process calcium and adds it to your bone cells. This can help prevent bone problems like osteoporosis and bone
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