The varieties listed here are generally in order from earliest to latest maturing. These peas are generally picked when the pods are flat (however Oregon Giant are meant to be picked either when the seeds are immature or mature, so pods flat or full) and are often stir-fried or used in Chinese cooking, but they are also nice eaten raw.
Oregon Giant is a wonderful variety from Dr. James Baggett of Oregon State University. The large pods can be picked when they are flat, or allowed to develop full-sized peas and still eaten pod and all. Both pods and seeds are sweet and juicy.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas
Snow Wind is a newer semi-leafless cultivar with compact plants that is mildew resistant.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas
Russian Sugar Pea is a tall vigorous plant with coloured flowers. A Russian Mennonite heirloom that came to Canada several generations ago.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas
Carouby de Maussane is a French heirloom, originating in Maussane near Avignon. It has beautiful coloured flowers and tall vigorous vines that produce high yields of large 4-5″ flat, tender, deliciously sweet edible-pods.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas
Chinese Giant Snow Pea is an older variety that grows about 4’ tall. The pods are larger than Oregon Giant and are picked when they are still flat.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas
Bohemian snow pea has tall vines with flat wide pods and tan seeds speckled with purple. Brought to Saskatchewan from Eastern Europe a couple of generations ago.Peas / Edible Podded Peas / Snow/Sugar Peas