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Post Produce, Peas!

pea pods on the plants

Early Frosty pea plants are not a variety that boasts “poor producer” on the packaging. In fact, the vines are merely two feet tall, but I harvested a gallon of pods from half of a 14-foot double row today.

For me, the first great moment of every gardening season is when I roll a handful of peas out of a fresh-picked pod and pop them into my mouth. Today was that first moment!

My peas have been producing for about two weeks, but I haven’t been home to enjoy them. This evening, I finally had time to harvest, and I worked down one side of one trellis. I got a gallon of plump pods. Thing is, there are two trellises supporting pod-laden plants… plants on the third trellis are younger and not yet producing. If today’s harvest is any measure, there are three gallons of pods out there yet to harvest.

freshly harvested peas

My one-gallon colander is going to get a workout in the next few days as there are still at least three gallons of pea pods on the vines.

New Peas for Me

For the past 17 years, I’ve planted Wando peas exclusively. That’s because I often get started late in my garden and Wandos do pretty well even in the intense heat of early summer. This year, I changed my stripes.

I planted a double row of Early Frosty peas, and a second double row of Bolero peas. A week or two later, I planted a double row of Wandos. Both Early Frosty and Bolero claim to be “great producers.” It occurs to me I’ve never seen a pea package claiming that the variety within is a “poor producer.”

In any case, while Wando peas grow as tall as 60 inches, Early Frosty and Bolero plants reach about 24 inches; they aren’t challenging the trellises that I designed for the Wandos all those 17 years ago.

What will I do with this marvelous harvest? As you might guess, I ate several handfuls of raw peas before I finished in the garden. Bu the big event will be a pleasure I anticipate from late July until June the next year: I’ll make New Potatoes and Peas. This simple dish consists of a mild cream sauce coating young potatoes and garden-fresh peas. It is rich but the potatoes and cream sauce are mild enough that they let the flavor of the peas come through.

If you’ve never had new potatoes and peas, please try them. This should be on every foodie’s list of the top 100 finest dishes in American history. My post titled Home Kitchen Garden New Potatoes explains how I prepare New Potatoes and Peas. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

snacking on fresh peas

I quickly lose count of how many pea pods I open and empty into my mouth while I’m harvesting. This wasn’t the first of the season, but the peas were awesome.

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2 Responses to “Post Produce, Peas!”

  • Sue:

    Oh, how envious I am. I can’t wait for the peas. Mine have NEVER made it to the kitchen. I eat my breakfast out there—moving down the aisles. I’ve never planted enough to make it in to the house. The recipe sounds divine. Perhaps next year will be the year…….

  • I planted a double row of sugarsnap peas in a straw bale garden this year, and the results were quite spectacular!rnI was doubly pleased with myself, as I manageed to ward of a plague of powdery mildew with a garlic water concoction, rather than use pesticides.

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