I promised a while back to show you some pictures of what had been going on around here. I didn’t forget. 🙂
We *love* fresh English Peas and although they’re really a crop for cooler temperatures than we typically have here, we try almost every year to grow some. Last year was a bum crop. We only got a handful…just enough to throw on a salad. This year, we had a pretty good crop. Not the best one we’ve ever had, but pretty good and we were pleased.
Here’s what the vines look like:
Don & Chris spent most of the day a few weeks ago picking peas. They both wound up with sunburns. They take a long time to pick. Since they’re smaller than crowder or purple hull peas, it takes at least twice as many to fill a bucket.
Don bought me a neat little thing so I could pick without killing my back. It’s called a “Lawn Buddy” and is a seat on wheels. It has a lid that opens up to become a handle. It can be pulled around like a wagon. Stuff can be put inside too. It even has a couple of places to put a soda or water. I took it to the garden with me and sat on it to pick peas. It’s narrow enough that it will sit between rows. The ones we planted grow close to the ground so being able to sit & pick was a huge help. I just moved it when I needed to get in a new spot for picking.
There weren’t very many days of picking. The crop comes in and goes pretty fast. The last picking, we just pulled the vines up and picked the peas off like that. That last day, Mother, Faith, Don, and I were in the garden after dark picking the last of the peas. Don went to get a flashlight so we could see how to get out of the garden.
I think I finished with 51—3 cup bags and 10—2 cup bags for freezing altogether. I’m not sure how many Mother wound up with.
If you’ve never eaten fresh English Peas, you don’t know what you’re missing. They taste absolutely nothing like the canned/frozen ones from the grocery store. Nothing! We don’t eat them real often and even though it looks like we’ve got more than a years worth of peas in the freezer now….we don’t dare not plant every year because you never know if you’ll have a good crop or nothing at all. Even though they like cooler weather, if there’s a cold snap with frost…the peas are gone. 😦
We cook them just like we cook field peas aka crowders, purple hulls, lady finger, etc. Add some bacon or bacon drippings to the water with some salt and cook until tender. Oh my goodness. They are heavenly!
Well, I’ve had my break from sewing for a bit so I’d better get back to work and then I’ll be off to bed for the night.