Asked on Jun 12, 2013

When do I pick my sugar snap peas?

Sal kempleCaroline PfeifferDawn Howard


My Sugar snap peas are getting to the point where I can start to pick them, but how do I know when they are really ready? I have some pod that are fat, and some that are flat with the peas clearly visible. Thank you!
9 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jun 12, 2013

    When I grew these, I never really got the chance to "harvest" as every time I worked in the garden I would nibble and snack on them. We cook a fair amount of stir fry and like to use them before the peas get too big.

  • Catherine Smith
    on Jun 13, 2013

    Looking good, I would start sampling right now. I had the same problem, we'd eat so many off the vine, I'd be lucky to have enough to cook for dinner. They are soooooooo good fresh.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 13, 2013

    The shoots make a delicious saute, too.

  • Melody
    on Jun 13, 2013

    We love them in salad.

  • Dawn Howard
    on Jun 14, 2013

    the sugar snaps can be picked thinner or as they are meant fatter. Leave them too long and they start to go to seed -- the shell lightens and peas will lose their sugar!

  • Nancy Hatcher
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Try picking several different sizes and see which one you like the best. I also can't seem to get them to the kitchen along with asparagus, snow peas and berries. The fresher the veg/fruit, the better they taste to me.

  • Dawn Howard
    on Jun 14, 2013

    Nancy, we've had a lot of rain here lately, and the asparagus and broccoli is drippingly delisious straight out of the garden right now.

  • Caroline Pfeiffer
    on Jun 15, 2013

    I pick the peas when the pods are full and firm. Otherwise they are really small and not much to them .Don't let them get too old because they won't be very tasty

  • Sal kemple
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Sugar peas are picked when full and in the early morning hours. They will remain crisp then.

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