The snap pea is an exceptional, easy-to-grow legume. The day I discovered sugar snap peas was the day I broke up with snow and shelling peas. We still see each other; it’s just not the same. Snap peas offer the best of both: the shelling pea’s cozy row of fat peas, and the snow pea’s tender edible pod. It’s two, two, two peas in one.
As for fresh shelling peas, I’m still a fan (if only to make paglia e fieno four times in one month), but the harvest payoff is usually disappointing. You plant a lot, and get a little. Sugar snap peas not only have greater yields but are much sweeter and more disease resistant. Did I mention the plant’s stem tips are edible, too. If your pea crops have flopped in the past, give sugar snaps a try. (Seeds are readily available at seed stands and online.)
Super sweet sugar snap peas: a quick snack in hand or star of the saute pan