Sugar Snap Pea, Sugaree (Organic)
Pisum sativum. Green Sugar Snap. 60 days.
A classic green sugar snap pea. Vines are a bit shorter than most of our other peas topping out at 5′ or so. Super tasty with a classic sweet crunch – we like to eat them when extra plump. Scored high for flavor and total marketable weight in the 2011 Northern Organic Variety Improvement Collaborative (NOVIC) trials despite showing less powdery mildew and enation resistance than others. Originally bred to be a public domain replacement for Sugar Snap, which at the time was a proprietary variety. Another great variety 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.