Sugar Snap Pea, Sugar Magnolia (Organic)
Pisum sativum. Purple Sugar Snap. 70 days.
After more than 15 years of breeding work, Dr. Alan Kapuler developed the first purple-podded sugar snap pea. Beautiful purple pods and flowers. Good sweet flavor, although not quite as sweet as Magnolia Blossom. We find the flavor and texture to be best before the pods get really fat. The beautiful 7′ tall vines produce over a long season. Bred by 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.