How To Grow Peas And Their benefits

Peas are easily grown and are one of the earliest crops to mature in spring. There are many varieties of peas, but there are three main types: English peas, snow peas, and sugar snap peas. In this article, we will share how to grow peas, the nutrients and health benefits that this vegetable can offer.

English peas do not have edible pods, and you have to wait until peas are fully matured before eating them. Snow peas have flat edible pods and are ready to harvest pea seeds appear. Sugar snap peas are a cross between the other two, the pods are crisp and tender, and the peas are allowed to plump a little.

How to Grow Peas

Sow directly outdoors from Mid-spring to mid-summer. Grow peas in small trenches or open soil in full sun or partial shade. Sow seeds around 2 inches deep, 10 inches apart in a 2-inch deep trench. Peas prefer well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. When sowing cover with a fleece if sowing early.

Water regularly especially in dry spells and when flowering begins. Use bamboo canes to support the structure of dwarf and climbing peas. Fertilisers are not really needed, but if you want to you can feed with a 5-10-10 fertiliser.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Peas are packed with many nutrients including vitamins A, C, K, B-1, and B-9. Minerals such as manganese, iron, and phosphorus. Peas also are high in protein, antioxidants, and fiber, and offer many health benefits. For example, they support blood sugar control, may benefits digestion, helps protect against heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

Peas are easily incorporated into your diet, they can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, etc. Peas can also be added to your favourite soups, and stews, accompany peas with potatoes, and ham, onions and sour creme, rice, salads, mash potatoes, vegetables, pasta, tuna, etc.