Fresh peas are one of the joys of gardening. For the past two seasons we have grown a variety of pea called “Paladio”, available through West Coast Seeds. These pods have up to 10 large sweet peas in them and are quite prolific.
This year we have, in addition to eating lots of peas, harvested peas for seed saving. Traditional advice on saving peas is that you should leave them on the vine to dry, however, my experience with the Paladio, as it is a short growing bush type vine and does not require staking we picked and shelled the peas as they reached maturity so that the summer rains, insects, birds and humidity do not take their toll. I’m not sure it matters either way, but it means we can clear up a row in the garden quicker to get a planting of Oriental Greens in.
At the moment, we have about 650 peas drying on a tray in our kitchen, some of which will likely be available for sale for planting in 2011.