The snow pea is an edible-pod pea with flat pods and thin pod walls. It is eaten whole, with both the seeds and the pod
Snow peas are an annual crop with flat edible pods that are eaten before the seeds properly form. They are easy to grow and are a fabulous crop to grow with children as they provide a rapid and abundant harvest of tasty treats.
You can eat them raw or lightly boiled, steamed, or stir-fried. Seeds that haven’t been chemically treated can also be grown as shoots or microgreens.
Before planting snow peas, be sure temperatures are at least 45 F. (7 C.) and that all chance of frost for your area has passed. Although snow peas can survive frost, it’s better if it can be avoided. Your soil should be ready for planting snow peas. Make sure it is dry enough; if the soil is sticking to your rake, it’s too wet to plant. Wait until after the rains if you live in an area with heavy spring rains.
Planting snow peas is done by placing the seeds 1 to 1-1/2 inches (2.5 to 3.5 cm.) deep and 1 inch (2.5 cm.) apart, with 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm.) between rows. Depending on your climate, it may be beneficial to mulch around your growing snow peas to keep the soil cool during the hot weather of summer. This can also help prevent the soil from getting too soggy during times of hard rains. Avoid planting in direct sunlight; growing snow peas don’t like all day direct sunshine.
Peas are self-pollinated and snow peas are harvested about 10 days after flowering.
Harvesting commences 8 to 12 weeks after planting and may continue for 8 to 10 weeks. Pods may average 7g in weight and pickers can harvest about 11kg per hour. This may take longer in wet weather, as old flowers may stick to the pod. Yields range from 2 to 7t/ha.
Snow peas are harvested every two days when the pods are flat, without any development of seeds and are 7.5 to 10cm long and 2.5cm wide. Old pods should be picked and discarded.
Sugar snap peas are harvested when the pods are up to 7.5cm long and the seeds are almost full size. These may be harvested for four to six weeks. A good picking rate is about 20kg per hour per person.
In the video below, you can see Snow Pea Farming and Harvest
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Video resource: Noal Farm