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Pea, Edible-podded

Sugar pea, Chinese pea

Leguminosae, Fabaceae Pisum sativum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

field pea flower Varieties of edible-podded peas are similar to the garden pea in plant and growth characteristics, except that the pods are more fleshy and less fibrous than in garden peas. They are harvested while the seeds are quite immature, and the pods are cooked as with snap beans.

field pea

Such varieties are little grown in the United States but are grown frequently in Europe and the Orient. In exposure of edible parts they are similar to snap beans.

Last update September 27, 1997