The Q&A Archives: Bad Taste Of Snow Pea "pretty"

Question: I was tempted by the picture and the description of the snow pea "pretty" in the Burpee catalog. They grew beautifully and were very pretty, but contrary to what the catalog says, they did not taste as good as they look. Is there a trick to getting a good flavor from this pea? I picked young peas and since they didn't taste good, I let some stay on the vine a little longer to see if this made a difference. It didn't. They were tough and unpleasant to taste, young and mature.

Answer: I apologize for the delay in answering your question. In general snow peas will taste best if grown in very cool weather, grow quickly without any heat or moisture stress, and are picked as soon as they are large enough to eat, so it may be that you could have started them sooner and picked them smaller. They are so cold tolerant they can be planted several weeks prior to the last expected spring frost. It is also important to make sure they are watered if rain is not adequate. Alternatively, it may be that the flavor simply was not to your liking and you might want to try another variety and see if you like it any better.

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