The Q&A Archives: When to pick peas

Question: I want to grow peas to dry for split peas. I was told to use the Alaska variety. Do I pick them when they are green, or do I let them dry on the vine? Dan Ginther Sodus, NY

Answer: The Alaska variety is a good choice. It's only fault is not standing up to summer heat. Dried peas should be left on the vine to dry until the leaves of the plant drop off and begin harvesting when there is one or two green pods to ten dry ones. Let them dry for a few weeks in an area with good ventilation. After removing them from their pods continue to dry them for an additional couple of weeks. To test for dryness put a few in a tightly sealed glass jar set in the sun, if no moisture appears inside they are dry.

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