Peas are straightforward to grow and are so sweet and delicious when freshly harvested that they can be eaten raw. There are three main types: shelling peas (where only the actual peas are eaten), sugar snaps (where the entire, fleshy pod is eaten) and mangetouts (which are best eaten whole when the pod is flat, with only tiny peas inside).
All pea types are well worth the effort of growing, but sugar snaps and mangetouts are particularly sweet if home-grown.
Most peas are best grown with support, such as pea netting or twigs. They are pretty enough to grow in ornamental borders so they’re worth growing even if you don’t have a vegetable plot.
Even a single pod left to mature on the plant can dramatically reduce the number of flowers and pods produced, so pick your peas regularly to keep them cropping