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Oregon Sugar Pod Peas

June 25th, 2010

This year I’m also growing ‘Oregon Sugar Pod II’ peas. I really like sugar pods, I always feel like they’re so much more productive than regular garden peas since you can eat the pods. I have some vines growing in pots, so we’ve been enjoying a few from the garden every week. I’ve grown a few different varieties of sugar snap peas and I think this variety is my favorite, they’re tender no matter how big you pick them and not even a hint of bitterness can be tasted.

I must remember to plant more next spring, since we like them so much. They’re so delicious lightly steamed with olive oil and salt & pepper. Every now and then we also drizzle them with balsamic or tamari. If I had to pick between these kind and podding peas, I’d have to pick podding peas. I do love them both, but there’s just something about having peas in beef and chicken stew.

Which kind of peas do you prefer, sugar pod or garden peas?

13 Comments to “Oregon Sugar Pod Peas”
  1. Teresia on June 25, 2010 at 5:09 am

    Definitely sugar pod. They freeze well, and I cut them up into pieces an add them to soups and stews during the last 20 minutes of cooking.

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  2. kristin @ going country on June 25, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Snow peas. I was not impressed with the sugar snap peas I grew for the first time this year–they seem kind of tasteless to me. Maybe just a bad variety. But I LOVE the snow peas, both raw and cooked, and will definitely grow more of them next year.
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  3. Mary W on June 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Podding peas. When I had the home garden, I used to head out right after work for a snack. The dog caught on to how good they are and would run ahead of me and wait for her share. I need to remember to plant some next year at the plot at work.

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  4. Jaspenelle on June 25, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I love snap peas, I am growing a variety called Amish Snaps and adore them so far, so sweet and crunchy and enormously productive! (I am not sure how they will do as it heats up, I keep reading peas don’t do well in heat but I am not sure what that means.)

    I have never liked garden peas, but I adore snaps.
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    • Susy on June 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      Yes, peas do not like hot weather (which is why they’re planted so early in the spring). Once the weather gets hot they languish and often quit producing.

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  5. Wider Sky on June 25, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Definitely podding peas. I also prefer the old fashioned varieties which climb nice and high. Mind you, ours never make it out of the veg plot because me or the children usually snaffle them right there!

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  6. Lynn on June 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    It’s hard to pick, I love them all. Right now I am growing snap peas (cascadia from Botanical Interests) and enjoying them in salads and stir-fries.

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  7. Lindsey S on June 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    I bought a few of the oregon sugar peas too, and they have grown really quickly! I tried one a week or two ago and it was a tad bitter for me, but that was raw, so I’ll try them steamed! Good to know they will be tasty :)

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  8. Sustainable Eats on June 25, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I have 5 kinds of peas this year including Cascadia and Sugar Ann but the Maestro shelling peas are amazing as are the Schweizer Riezen snow peas. I will never grow another snap pea again. The snow peas are entirely edible and get huge while remaining sweet and crunchy. I processed a few gallons of them last night for the freezer. This is the first year I’ve had enough peas to put away as well – so nice that your mom had some space for you! but wow that’s a lot of shelling to do.
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  9. Kimberly on June 25, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Oooo… I also grow Oregon Sugar Pod II, for the past two winters (Norcal winters are mild). I loooove eating them right off the plant. I never got enough at once to make anything, but they were a nice snack!

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  10. Judy on July 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I just picked about 2 ice cream pails full of Oregon Sugar Pod II peas from my garden. I’m hot and tired. I want to freeze the peas, but I’m wondering if I must blanche them first or can I just lay them out on a cookie sheet and freeze them, then gather them into ziploc bags?

    Any definitive answer on that? I’ve read that they get mushy if not blanched. Do you have any experience with freezing them? thanks.

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    • Susy on July 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      I’d blanch first, I’ve never frozen them without blanching though, so I don’t know what the ramifications of that are.

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  11. Jay on February 17, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    This is the second year I have grown Sugar Pod II snow peas and all I can say is that they are incredibly impressive! My children have been picking ALOT of peas each day off of a dozen or less plants. They go great in salads, stir-fried or even right off the vine. These are some of the best snap peas I have grown. They are incredibly productive for their size.

    Here are some pictures I took of my sugar pod snow peas in production:

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