Why I Am Growing…Petite Snap Greens

Petite Snap Green Packet Johnnys

One of the finest features of gardening is growing something that you can’t find in a grocery store or it is hard to find. Just looking through a seed catalog and you will options that are way beyond what even the best produce section can offer. That is especially true when it comes to growing your own greens for salads. Today I want to introduce to you a pea that I am not growing for it’s peas. Intrigued? Let’s talk about Petite Snap Greens, available from Johnny’s Select Seeds.

1. This variety is grown for it’s foliage and shoots. I have always wanted to try growing peas for salad greens, but didn’t want to sacrifice the peas because the are so sweet and good. Now I am growing something that is particularly meant for that.
2. It is a variety bred by Dr. Calvin Lamborn. He is breeder of the original “Sugar Snap Pea”. If he bred it, I really want to try it! I am also growing his purple Royal Snow variety (read my post on Royal Snow to learn more about Dr. Calvin)
3. You can harvest them just when the leaves form, or wait until the plant gets larger and use the whole thing. If you allow them to mature more you can even perform light cooking with them. How cool!

I am pumped to be trying peas in a whole new exciting way. This add a whole another dimension to the pea project. My goal is one day have a farmers market stand selling just peas and pea-related items. The greens will be something else I can add to the pea related items I would sell.

Petite Snap Greens Sprouting
The peas are beginning to sprout. This is about 8 days after planting them in the ground.

I plan to experiment with this plant and try harvesting it at different levels of maturity. This variety will still produce snap peas. However it won’t be very productive and they mature rather late, which is not good for area that get too hot in the summer. No use waiting for peas on plant that won’t produce well and will probably die off in the heat. Just enjoy them in your salad bowl, don’t grow them for peas.

I read from another blogger that they work excellently for microgreens. Deirdre and Phil Armstrong of Harvest Thyme Herbs grew them inside during the winter momths as microgreen. They were very pleased with them, saying they were great in salads and even held in stir-frys. Harvest Thyme Herbs is a specialty produce farm that grows herbs and vegetables for chefs and specialty markets.