Snow Pea

Snow Pea

Snow Pea – Mangetout (French for “eat all”)

The Snow Pea (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) is a legume from the Fabaceae family. It is a variety of pea which is eaten whole in its pod while still unripe, hence the French name of Mangetout.

The Snow Pea plant is a vine which grows from 60 – 200 cm in height depending on the variety. Australia has a wide variety of Snow Peas, with the most popular variety in Victoria being the Snow Man, also known as Oregon Giant or Giant Oregon. New Varieties are actively being developed and introduced into the commercial sector.

Snow Peas have two very distinct growing seasons, summer and winter. The growing season directly impact the length of time from planting to harvest. They can sprout in as little as 6 days however on average they will sprout around 10 days after planting.

The first flower may appear in as early as 45 days or as long as 100 days following planting. The snow pea pod will be visible anywhere from 14 - 21 days after flowering.

Snow Peas are ready for harvest in around 8 – 14 weeks, when harvested Snow Peas should be around 9cm in length, straight, dark green and will have a slightly sweet flavour and crisp texture.

Snow Peas are commonly sliced and used raw in salads, or cooked whole in vegetable dishes or stir – fry’s. Snow Peas are low in calories and area good source of fibre, vitamin C, iron, potassium and Magnesium.

Specifications

  • Plant Size: 40-120 cm
  • Time to Harvest: 8 - 14 weeks
  • Availability: Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec