We grow a few types of pea at the moment, one that gets a lot of nice comments from people are the yellow podded snow peas.
I have trouble seeing green pods in amongst green foliage, so I have to find ways to work around this. You may not think that this would matter too much, but if you do not pick pods every day and one starts to get too old the yield is lowered considerably as the plant will stop putting energy into flowers/new pods and concentrate its energy on developing seeds. The yellow pods are easy to see in amongst the green foliage, this makes harvest fast, easy, and increases productivity.
|Yellow podded snow peas and flowers|
For some reason yellow snow peas never really took off and no significant breeding work has been done with them. This lack of serious selective pressure means that they have a lot of potential for anyone who wishes to breed them into something better. I am doing a little pea breeding trying to make an improved yellow podded pea, but that is a long way off being completed (if I do continue to pursue it). I keep the original pure strain isolated and am always careful when saving seed as I think that this strain is worth preserving. I know that there are a few other people in the country who are using these to breed superior yellow podded snow peas, hopefully one day they produce something great and distribute it.
As a producer of food the yellow podded snow pea is superb. It reaches five or six feet tall so it needs to be grown with some support. It is a very vigorous grower, it is fast-growing and its yields are abundant. Each plant seems to yield dozens of pods even with minimal effort on my behalf. These peas are unlike many varieties in that they produce several flowers at some leaf axils, yet produce only one flower at others. I do not understand why they do this or how to breed for more uniformity in double flowering. At this stage it doesn't matter much as they do produce a lot of pods. As well as producing a lot of pods they are rather tall plants, so at the end of the season they provide me with a decent amount of pea mulch to use on the vegetable garden (unlike the Lacy Lady peas that I mention in another post).
|Yellow snow peas, so abundant and vigorous their weight broke the support stake|
|Several flowers and a young yellow pod - note the pink stem and purple splash on the leaf axil|
|Yellow podded pea foliage, slightly yellow leaves and slightly pink stem|
|Yellow snow peas and their flowers - yellow pods are easy to see and harvest|
Overall I am happy with this type of snow pea and will continue to grow it unless something better comes along. There may be more tasty varieties of snow peas out there, but none I have grown are as beautiful and as productive as these. As long as we eat them small they taste just as good as any other type of snow pea.
|Some of the yellow snow pea seeds|
I do sell seeds of the yellow podded snow peas on my for sale page whenever I have some to spare.