The most cold hardy pea, which can be sown as soon as the frost has left the soil and it has dried up a bit. It provides the earliest harvest of all varieties, with green, round and tasty shelling peas. It can also be grown for winter storage.
The peas are classified according to the looks and use of the pods and seeds and also according to the different heights and earliness of the sorts. Only the unripe green seeds are eaten of the shelling- and marrow peas while all of the crispy, sweet pods of the mangetout with undeveloped seeds is eaten. The snap peas have plump, sweet, fleshy pods which are harvested and enjoyed whole when the seeds are almostfully developed. Yellow and green boiling peas are harvested in late autumn and threshed when ripe and dry.