Pea - Oregon Giant Sugar
(Pisum sativa): Highly recommended by Carol Deppe in “The Tao of Vegetable Gardening”, this edible-pod pea has huge pods and big crinkled seeds. Pods are sweetest after seeds have reached full size, but are tasty from small size up until they start drying down, giving an unusually large harvesting window. When harvested at full size with fully expanded seeds they are as sweet as snap peas, just a different shape. Resistant to pea enation, pea wilt, and powdery mildew, which allows for planting spring through fall. Plant February through mid-August to harvest spring through fall; plant in early October to overwinter where possible. Plants grow to about 3 feet and need some support. Hold on vine and in the refrigerator a long time. Bred by Jim Baggett/Oregon State University. Vigor and large-sized leaves make this variety especially nice for pea shoots. To use as an eat-all pea shoot crop, sow in a wide row or bed at about 2” apart in all directions. When plants are about 6 inches high, harvest the top 4 inches. Packets are 1 ounce and contain ~100 seeds. Grown organically but not certified.