Peas are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. There are three main types of peas grown today. The Garden or English Pea is the most familiar type. Peas are shelled to remove them from the pod, which is generally tough and inedible. The Snow or Sugar Pea produces tender, edible pods that are harvested when the peas are small and undeveloped. The Snap Pea was developed within the last 30 years in the United States. Eaten like a snap bean, the mature plant produces delicious edible pods.

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