Sugar Snap

Sugar Snap

Snap peas (Pisum sativum var. macrocarpon), also known as sugar snaps, are a member of the Fabaceae family.

It too is a variety of pea which is eaten whole in its pod while still unripe. It is this characteristic which allows for the name mangetout (French for "eat all") to apply to both sugar snaps and primarily snow peas.

Sugar Snaps differ from snow peas in that their pods are round as opposed to flat.

The sugar snap was developed by crossing a snow pea with a garden pea, as such their plant structure is very similar. Australia has a number of snap varieties; however the most common are the Sugar Bon, and Sugar Anne.

Sugar snaps grow approximately 60 – 200 cm in height and lend themselves best to a trellis system.

Sugar snaps 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 40 days or as long as 80 days following planting. The sugar snap pod will be visible anywhere from 14 - 21 days after flowering.

Sugar Snaps are ready for harvest in around 8-12 weeks after sprouting, when harvested Sugar Snaps should be around 6-7cm in length, bright green, and will have a sweet taste and crisp texture.

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

Specifications

  • Plant Size: 60 - 200 cm
  • Time to Harvest: 8 - 12 weeks
  • Availability: April - May - June - Oct - Nov - Dec