I have to admit. I too can fall victim to clever marketing. A great name always make a product sound more attractive. That for sure works in a seed catalog. A name like Green Beauty attracts attention, more so than something with a name that I can’t even pronounce (I will grow those varieties too, such as Corne De Belier). The name is more than one reason to grow this new offering from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds.
Here are the reasons I chose to grow Green Beauty this season.
1. Tenderness. That is a such quality in a snow pea (right after flavor). Green Beauty is said to be tender even when harvested at it’s full size, which can be between 5 and 8 inches long.
2. Another outstanding variety from plant breeder, Dr. Alan Kapuler. I am growing several of his varieties this season.
3. According to the Garden America website, they are tender and big enough that even when they swell up and peas start to form you can pull them up and fill them with peanut butter as you would with celery! We will have to give that a try in our home.
4. The plants will produce purple flowers – so pretty!
5. I have heard the plants described as “vigorous” and “productive” and the peas it produces as “ridiculously tasty”.
I totally understand if all reading those reasons that you must leave this page immediately and order your own seed – just don’t forget to hit the back button when you’re done). As I have researched this pea for this post I am now even more excited to grow it than I was when I found it originally in the Baker Creek catalog.
Green Beauty is a tall variety that can reach heights between 6 to 8 feet tall. You will definitely need to give this one some support. I am growing it in 2 places in my garden. In one area I have sticks in the ground that I will have string tied to. The other area will be in the corner of the garden, growing on a tepee.
I have also heard (from FedCo seeds) that occasionally you will find pink blush on some of the pods. That will make them even more beautiful. I will be watching for that.
Have you grown this variety or have you grown it in the past? I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the section below.