the difference between snow pea and sugar snap plants

precioushoney(5b)May 13, 2010

Okay so I planted two rows of sugar snap and two rows of snow peas on the same trellis. The trellis runs east to west and the snow peas are on the north side and the sugar snap are on the south.

So my question is how will I tell the difference between the two when its time to harvest because I don't want the snow peas to get to big right?

Are sugar snap peas flat like snow before they mature?

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

No Sugar Snap peas look like shelling peas. Round pods, just more fleshy and tender. Snow peas are flat and thin. You need to pick these before the peas start showing.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 11:34AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

So,I keep posting replies but they arent showing up, hopefully they dont all pop up at once LOL

Before they mature will they still look like shelling peas?

I guess im just wondering if there will be a distinct diffrence while they develop?

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 3:36PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Snap peas ( Sugar Snap is one variety) are essentially shelling peas with a tender fleshy pod. They can be used at any up until the pod begins to dry. Like snap beans, as they approach maturity, they are best used as shellies. Both shelling peas and snap peas are normally used in immature stages. There is a group of peas usually referred to as soup peas, which are used as mature (dried peas)
Snow peas are grown for the immature pods and tender shoots. The actual peas have little use. These have to be picked before the peas begin to form in the pod. A pod containing peas will be tough and stringy.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 5:40PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I know that snow peas have to be picked before the peas get big, and I know that Sugar snap fill out more.

What I want to know is, if a sugar snap and a snow pea were side by side while growing would there be visual cues as to which is which?

Thanks for the replys btw :)

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 7:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Yes the difference is so obvious tha a blind person could easily tell the difference. Paper thin flat pods versus round meaty pods. There are also obvious visual differences most of time. Snap peas have white blossoms, many snow pea varieities have purple blossoms. Snap pea vines are medium green, many snow pea cultivars have a more yellowish green vine.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 8:00PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Thanks Farmerdilla! That is the answer I was looking for. I posted my first question before my coffee kicked in or else I would have realized it wasnt as clear and i would have liked it.

Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 7:41AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
where to find Hilda/Helda romano pole beans?
Two yeas ago health problems interfered with getting...
Insuk's Wang Kong (red scarlet runners) part 2
I am the one that wrote the last post, so I am starting...
My first full beans
I will be harvesting full beans for the first time...
Trail of Tears pole bean
Ordered some, the descriptions say that they get stringy...
Interesting threads...
Searching for past posts isn't that easy, at least...
aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada
Sponsored Products
Living Wall Planter in White
$99.99 | Dot & Bo
Amaryllis in Round Vase
Cactus! Mug by Alessi
$82.00 | Lumens
Moooi | Heracleum II Pendant Light
Peace Trees Rug
$11.99 | zulily
Sweet Treat Faux-Floral Arrangement - RED/WHITE
$300.00 | Horchow
Westinghouse Black Steel Ladder Rest with Spherettes 6699100
$6.58 | Home Depot
157" Red Cedar Canterbury Arbor w/Gate & 2 Wings
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™