Snow Peas are one of the first crops we sow outdoors and we often plant in early March. The sprouts are very tolerant of frost and it’s a good idea to plant snow peas early because they tend to suffer once the heat of summer sets in. Our French variety produces abundant 4" pods that have a crisp and refreshing flavor. The French call this type of pea “mangetout - eat all” because you eat the whole pea as opposed to shelling or English peas where you only eat the seed.
Snow Peas should be eaten when the pod is thin for the best flavor. We grow our snow peas on a wire fence and the vines grow 4-5'. Our snow peas often get dusted with snow sometime in March and their name is a testament to the hardiness of this fun garden vegetable.
Origin: We brought the parent seed of this great variety home from France where we obtained seeds from a farmer at the Marché Président Wilson in the posh, 16th arrondissement of Paris many years ago when the kids’ grandparents lived in nearby Suresnes. The farmer has grown and saved seeds of this variety for many years on his farm north of Paris in the town of Chambly. This farm is also the original source of our French breakfast radishes and mâche.
(Approximately 40 seeds per packet)
Planting Instructions: sow 1 seed 1" deep every 2" as soon as soil can be worked in spring. No thinning required. Full sun to part-shade. We recommend trellises and tomato cages or bamboo tepees work great!