Snow peas (Pisum sativum var. saccharatum) are annual vegetables in the pea family. They grow as tall, twining vines that produce white (or sometimes pink or purple flowers) followed by large, flat green peas.
Snow peas are sweet and are eaten whole before the peas inside the green pod mature. Their sweetness and rapid growth make them highly appealing to children even those who may be reluctant to eat other green vegetables.
Grow snow peas in pots if space is limited. They are easy to grow given the right conditions and will reward you with an abundance crop within 10 weeks of planting. If space is limited look for dwarf varieties.
Snow peas are rich in protein, vitamin C, iron, niacin and zinc and have plenty of dietary fibre. They can be eaten raw straight from the garden or put into salads. They are also ideal taken inside and steamed or put into stir-fries or stews.
Follow our seven easy steps to successful snow pea harvest including tips along the way.