Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod Snap Pea
Immature 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' sugar snap peas.

Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod Snap Pea

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Attractive flowers, prolific produce; sweet pods, bushy plants.
Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod
Sugar Snap Pea

60 to 70 days — 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' pea plants are compact, somewhat bushy, and grow between twelve to twenty-four inches in height. Although they do not typically require staking, some support is beneficial as it keeps the developing pods off of the ground, which makes picking easier. Its beautiful bi-colored flowers develop into nice, sweet pods that stay tender well after the peas start filling out the pods.

Although often thought of as a sugar snap pea, 'Dwarf Gray Sugar Pod' is really a multipurpose pea variety. It can be harvested immature and used as snow peas, left to allow the peas to fill out and used as a snap pea, or even allowed to fully mature, dry on the plants, and harvested to be used as dry soup peas. At this later stage, they will develop strings which are easily removed through the old-time ritual of snapping or stringing. Makes a good addition salads and stir fries.

Snap peas with similar descriptions date as far back as the late 1700s. 'Dwarf Grey Sugar Pod' was commercially introduced by D. M. Ferry & Company sometime prior to their 1881 catalog but after their 1875 edition. In 1881 they state that is it a, "new variety" and continue declaring it to be, "The most desirable of all the edible pod peas." Within a few years, many of the seed companies of the time began listing this variety.

Tip: Here on the farm, orchard pruning time closely coincides with pea planting time. This means there there is always ample material for pea support. We simply poke twigs into the ground along the pea row and they grow up through them. Each ounce is approximately 180 seeds, which is generally enough to plant at least a ten foot row.
Sweet Taste
I was looking for a nice pea for stirfrys and planted this one in 2013. I have never grown peas before. The plants were the right size for where I planted them but I didn't stake these-next time I will use twigs, etc. I got a good harvest despite my neglect. The pea has a nice sweet taste and I ate most of them while working in the garden.Will plant again.
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Southern Illinois. on 1/3/2014
Maybe an atypical experience
You need to pick the peas early while they are very small or they are fibrous. Even when they are small, I prefer the taste of the 'Sugar Ann' snap peas that I was growing at the same time. Beautiful flowers though. These ended up growing as rather large plants for me, over 36 inches.

VSC NOTES: Interesting review, Kelli. Like many plants, if the growing conditions are "too good," they will respond accordingly and may account for the growth. You didn't mention the time of year you grew them, but heat can definitely affect the quality of the pods. Thank you for your feedback. ~Mike
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from Phoenix, AZ. on 3/5/2017
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