I love peas.
I know a lot of people don't but both SM and I can't get enough. So since we've been gardening, sweet peas have always made the list of must haves.
Since most of the peas we would eat came frozen from the grocery store, I thought I should try English Shelling Peas first. They were OK but SM didn't care for the denser texture of these home grown peas.
We then tried snow peas which were better but just didn't have that crispy POP that I wanted.
This year I tried "Sugar Ann" Sugar Peas. I'm not sure if our cooler than normal weather has anything to do with it but these peas are a winner. SM and I are munching on these wonderful peas everyday in our salads. And that's not counting the ones that we eat while we're picking!
The pods are tender and I can pull the string easily when I'm cleaning them. They don't stay crisp more than a day so I harvest only what we need for fresh eating.
I haven't tried cooking them though. That just seems wrong to mush up a perfectly great, crispy, sweet pea.
So if you're looking for a great pea to grow, try Sugar Ann.