Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harvesting Peas

After chores, around lunchtime, SM and I spent about an hour shelling some of the English Peas.  We talked about growing up in Ohio with gardens.  Fond memories of sitting around kitchen tables shelling peas. 

"These seem smaller to me but then again I was a kid, so maybe everything seemed bigger then."  SM recalls.

"They seem smaller to me too.  Probably the variety (Wando and Green Arrow).  I remember spending summers with my Grandma and Grandpa in upstate New York." I said.  "I would pull the peas and dig new potatoes from out of their garden and Grandma would make a soup with peas, chunks of potatoes, milk, butter and salt and pepper.  I remember asking for seconds it was so good.  I couldn't get enough of that simple soup."

"What are you going to do with these?"  SM asks.

"I think I'll freeze this batch.  It's going to be cool enough this week that we can take our time harvesting the rest.  About how far into the bed are we?"  I ask.

"About half."  SM replies.

I told him to go ahead and pull the plants up and we would strip them as we went along.  There are no new blooms anywhere on the plants...some even look like they're yellowing/drying up.  I don't want to wait too long and have tough, dried out peas.  My window is very short for any kind of pea. 

I blanched them for 90 seconds and then cooled them off in ice water.

"Look what an 1 1/2 hours of shelling peas gives you."  I tossed the 2 quart bags at SM.

"I can buy a bag of frozen peas at the store for about a $1."  SM says.

"But they don't taste like this!"  I respond.

"Summer fresh in the middle of winter!"


  1. NOTHING beats homegrown.
    Hubby gives me that "cheaper at the store" logic too, but the pleasure I get from gardening and that incredible fresh taste (not to mention no chemical goo) is what keeps me raising my own.

  2. Just the experience of knowing you grew it yourself makes it all worthwhile. They look scrumptious!

  3. That is the bad part about peas. It takes so many to amount to anything. It is the one thing I do not put up because I eat everyone. In fact most dont make it from the garden as I snack on them while I am out there.

  4. Peas and I have a love hate relationship. They are tedious, yes. But gosh they are so darn good! They are one of the reasons I insisted on having the garden plan changed about this year.

    Nothing like your own!

  5. Your peas look delicious! Mine have just started to flower..can't
    wait to have enough for a meal.

  6. Your peas look delicious...

    RMan and Mikd's favourite vegetable - and they have promised to shell every pod my garden produces :-)