Type of Pea for pea shoots

AgtJenny24(7 NYC)June 14, 2012

So I realized that you need a lot of pea plants to grow enough peas for a decent plate of peas and I frankly don't have the space especially when growing in 5 gal buckets to plant that many peas and still be able to grow other vegs. So I decided that this fall I will be planting peas for pea shoots since they have been quite expensive in Chinese supermarkets lately $3.50 to $5 a pound! And because I can space the plants a lot closer together.

But my problem is, what kind peas should I be planting? Those ment to become snow peas? snap peas? Has anyone tried planting for pea shoots? Any recommendations on what type of pea gives a great tasting shoot? Thanks!

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tzei_yang(z8a Denton, TX)

I don't have experience with pea shoots before except maybe eating it once, but I looked around and found that:

  • you can sprout any ol' dried supermarket soup peas
  • some people recommend using tall varieties because it's easier to get shoots and tendrils: Oregon Sugar Pod and Cascadia
  • a couple of people commented that they can't taste the difference between pea shoots varieties: sugar snaps vs non-sugar snaps, etc.

I would suggest using whatever you have on hand or can get cheaply and easily and maybe planting a couple of different types to see if you can taste any difference yourself.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2012 at 1:47PM
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I think you can use any kind of pea, but sugar peas & yard beans( a running southern pea, sssssssssssshhh do not tell anyone:-) are the only one I have tried.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2012 at 10:50PM
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zeedman Zone 5 Wisconsin

Snow peas seem to put out some of the thickest shoots. They bounce back pretty quickly after a picking, too. I've been surprised, though, when dry seed from some of my soup peas fell to the ground & germinated in the Fall... some of those young shoots were tasty.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2012 at 12:01AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

Below is a link to an interesting thread on growing pea shoots.


Here is a link that might be useful: Pea Shoots

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 10:43PM
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