Sugar Snap Pea, Magnolia Blossom (Organic)
Pisum sativum. Green Sugar Snap. 80 days.
One of our favorites for flavor and productivity. 6-8′ vines yield light-green, sweet pods with a purple stripe down the side when mature. Very sweet, just like a sugar snap should be and the pods just keep coming for weeks and weeks and weeks. We find the flavor peaks just prior to the darkening of the purple stripe but after the peas begin to get fat. Rather cold hardy with beautiful bicolor flowers. Bred by Dr. Alan Kapuler of Peace Seeds in Corvallis, Oregon.
Seed produced by Avoca in Corvallis, Oregon.
Direct sow 1” deep February through April in rows that are 12” apart. Thin seedlings to 3” spacing. Protecting early sowings from frost may help with early yields. Requires trellising; try T-posts and bailing twine.
Collect seed from pods that are fully dry. Shell by hand or by dancing, winnow to clean. Test for dryness with a hammer – dry peas shatter. When seeds are very dry, freeze to kill weevils. Some cross-pollination may occur, but peas predominantly self-pollinate so no isolation is needed.