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Peas in a Pod

June 24th, 2010

This year I planted a lot of peas in hopes of having lots in my freezer for winter stews. The groundhogs obliterated the patch here in my garden, but I still had some that I planted at my mom’s house. They started producing peas a week or two ago.

Last Thurs I picked all the ripe ones and ended up getting 6 cups of peas for the freezer. Peas are one of those vegetables that are deceptive, you pick and pick and end up with a big bowl of pods. Then you shell them and have a measly amount when you’re done, they’re so good though it’s worth all the work. I planted ‘Wando’ and ‘Alaska’ Peas, but because of the groundhogs I’m only harvesting ‘Wando’ peas.

Until this year, I’ve never had enough peas in the garden to freeze them. Thanks to my mom letting me grow stuff in her garden, I’ll have a few peas tucked away in the freezer for winter. I can’t wait to make a delicious venison stew this winter with Mr Chiot’s venison and homegrown peas.

Do grow peas in your garden?

11 Comments to “Peas in a Pod”
  1. Shannon on June 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Yes, we are doing little wonders this year and are just starting to get some. They are bush peas, though they seem to need some anchoring. I hope we get as many as you :).
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  3. lo on June 24, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Look at all those glorious peas! It’s giving me a craving for spring risotto with fresh peas and mint!
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  4. Amy on June 24, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Tons….we plant spring and fall……I dislike shelling tremendously but love the results…..the benefit of shelling is that…… forces me to sit down…..which is a good thing:)

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  5. Jaspenelle on June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

    We grow snap peas because none of us like shell peas. That said, we have never had garden fresh shell peas so maybe they are better then childhood casserole dinner memories say. The sure look lovely!
    .-= Jaspenelle´s last blog ..Giveaway Winner =-.

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  6. Chris on June 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This was my first year to ever try growing peas. I don’t particularly like the english peas you shell(plus they seem like way too much work), but I LOVE the snow peas in the chinese restaurants, so I tried those. Boy was I pleased! I didn’t realize how attractive the plants themselves are, so when I plant a second harvest for the fall I will probably put them right in front of the house. I haven’t really found a recipe I love yet for cooking them, but I have been eating them raw in salads. Anyone have any great recipes for snow peas to share?

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    • Susy on June 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm

      I love then lightly steamed (still crunchy) and drizzled with olive oil, salt & freshly ground pepper. Sometimes I also add a drizzle of balsamic or tamari – quite delicious this way!

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  7. Val on June 24, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love shucking peas! They are some of my very favorite things I got from the farm last year. :) We used them all very quickly.

    In my garden this year, I have snow peas instead. But I have TONS! :)


    .-= Val´s last blog ..Spontaneous Gratitude for the day of potential =-.

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  8. sarah on June 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Wow – you are my garden hero. I love your blog and your pictures. How great to have fresh peas in the winter!
    .-= sarah´s last blog ..Parking Strip Gardens =-.

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  9. MAYBELLINE on June 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Peas are a winter crop here. My freezer has about a gallon left.
    .-= MAYBELLINE´s last blog ..Oh Boy! Boysenberry =-.

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  10. Green Owl Garden on June 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Indeed, there is nothing like fresh peas! This year I grew a beautiful – and delicious – purple podded pea. You can check them out here at

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