edible pea sprouts

roxanna(z5b MA)January 1, 2013

new here as i am about to begin a first-time veggie garden this summer, i hope. last summer, at a lovely quirky restaurant in York ME, i enjoyed fresh pea shoots which were served as a garnish. i had never had them before, and they are lovely! i'd like to grow my own, but don't know where to start. are they simply very young pea plants so any seed peas would give me the desired result? or are they something particular, and if so, where do i get them?

thanks for any advice!

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LoboGothic(6b SW Ontario CANADA)

roxanna, there is a lot of information online and you should easily find info about which peas are best for sprouting. There isn't much to lose by trying any seed you find but you must be sure they have not been treated with chemical fungicide or insecticide. If I were wanting some sprouts, I'd start with an edible podded pea. It seems logical that if you can eat the hull, the foliage might be quite tasty too.

Then when you find your ideal seed, you can grow it for your sprouting supply. You have the advantage of a previous tasting so you know what you're looking for. Best wishes for your very first garden, you're in for hours of pleasure.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 9:04AM
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roxanna(z5b MA)

thanks so much for the reply! i shall look for a sweet pod for my sprouts as you suggest. i'm really looking forward to some veggie gardening this year after having had some success with growing some annuals and perennials from seed for the first time last year. nothing's better than fresh homegrown vegetables!

    Bookmark   January 3, 2013 at 11:18AM
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