Pea Gardens Across the World (7/15/16)

Peas Across the World

Sickness (stupid summer cold, blah!) and the 4th of July week kept me from posting a Pea Gardens Across the World post last week, but this week I am back – with a vengeance – specifically against that cold. I will post these updates for another couple weeks, and then I will change my focus over to beans instead to better fit what is in season. I may be the pea project, yet even I have to move on at some point. My peas are about past their peak, so my interest in peas is about to wain. So if you are growing beans as well, get your pictures ready for the first post on Friday, August 5th. Now without further ado, let’s look at this week’s photos. We got an interesting mix of people this week. We got some Australians, a British Colombian resident, a photographer from Maryland, and a Food Network personality (now that one has to peak your interest). I enjoy people from all walks of life – united in growing our own peas. I hope you will too.

A Spring Blush snap pea that I am allowing to fatten up to save for seed for next season. I have been careful to select only those pods with red blush upon them.
A Spring Blush snap pea that I am allowing to fatten up to save for seed for next season. I have been careful to select only those pods with red blush upon them.

First I want to share with you something from my own garden. I have been sharing with you my Spring Blush peas that I am growing out this year. These unique snap peas are green with a red blush. I am saving seeds now of all the peas that show this trait as only about a 1/3 have the blush. In theory, a higher percentage will have it as the variety is grown out.

Very healthy looking plants that hopefully will produce tons of Sugar Snap peas.
Very healthy looking plants that hopefully will produce tons of Sugar Snap peas.
Lots of sugar snap peas just ripe for the picking.
Lots of sugar snap peas just ripe for the picking.

These two photos are from Ma & Pa Farmers. They have appeared before on this site in the very first edition of Pea Gardens Across the World. Since then their temperatures have cooled enough to produce a more bountiful crop. They are located in Australia. Thanks for sharing once again.

I absolutely adore the purple flowers on the Golden Sweet Snow pea variety. Such beautiful plants that produce tasty, golden podded snow peas.
I absolutely adore the purple flowers on the Golden Sweet Snow pea variety. Such beautiful plants that produce tasty, golden podded snow peas.

This photo was supplied by Melanie Watts from Prince George, British Columbia. She is growing the Golden Sweet Snow peas that I have raved about this site many a times. They are one of the most beautiful pea plants, with purple flowers that turn into yellow snow peas. I am saving a ton of seed from these this year, that I will have to share for the next season.

Thumbs up to these peas that are growing like crazy for Susan Feniger. I love the enthusiasm and the trellis supporting these peas.
Thumbs up to these peas that are growing like crazy for Susan Feniger. I love the enthusiasm and the trellis supporting these peas.

This next contributor is certainly the most well known one and the first one to have a Wikipedia page about them. Susan Feniger starred in the Food Network show “Too Hot Tamales” back in the 90s and has made several other appearances on the network. She is the owner of Mud Hen Tavern – a shout out to her birthplace just south down US 23 from me in Toledo, Ohio, home of the minor league team with the coolest name – the Toledo Mud Hens! She also owns the Border Grill restaurant. What you might not know aout her is that she is a fellow pea grower. Got to love that she takes the time to grow her own food. It can be easy to be a chef and be so busy that you are disconnected from the source of your food and how it makes its way to your kitchen. Glad to she is getting her hands dirty. Hopefully she will take some time to look around my blog (who doesn’t hope that a celebrity would look at their blog!) and see some of the amazing pea varieties I have been growing this and be inspired to try some of those. I am sure she would make some amazing dishes with Golden Sweet Snow peas or the Spring Blush snaps! One of my goals behind this project is to one day be able to grow peas, not just for the farmer’s markets, but for chefs like Susan.

Let the record show, that I didn’t seek her out on purpose. I was just searching for “growing peas” in the twitter search engine and her photo came up. Only after I send her a message and got a response, did it dawn on me – I had an OMG moment – that I knew who she was and that I had an unexpected celebrity run-in!

A handful of snap peas from a first time pea grower. These kind of hand shots, really shows off the fruit of one's labor.
A handful of snap peas from a first time pea grower. These kind of hand shots, really shows off the fruit of one’s labor.

This one is courtesy of Shunkwiler Photo. This is her first time growing snap peas and she shows off what she grew, like a proud parent. Check out this Maryland photographer’s website to see beautiful moments captured by a skilled photographer. Congrats to you on your first harvest!

I love when you hit that perfect angle and you can see the sun shine through the peas.
I love when you hit that perfect angle and you can see the sun shine through the peas.

When Brent first started growing peas, he remembered 3 to 4 peas per pod. Thanks to the sun, you can see 8 peas beginning to form in this pod. I can be hard to capture a photo like this without it being too bright, so I am impressed with the photo Brent managed to take. I don’t think I have any pea photos this year that came out like that. Nice work, Brent!

Thanks again to everyone who contributed photos for this week. If you want to be featured in a future week, let a comment below or contact me on twitter. And make sure to take a moment to sign up for my e-mail updates. I am releasing a short pea e-cookbook soon and this is your way to find out how to get it when it comes out.

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