There is Not Enough Pea Shoots
January 16, 2012
Many local restaurants and gastro pubs where my husband and I used to dine in Washington DC served pea shoots in the spring and I totally fell in love with them. Whenever I found them at the market, I purchased them for a very quick warm pea shoots salad. I miss those fragile, little tender greens so much I decided to grow some myself.
What you need is dried peas either from a seed company or grocery store. It is always a best practice to use the best kind (organic) you can get. I happened to have some super sugar snap pea seeds leftover so I decided to use them.
First, you have to decide the location where you want to grow pea shoots. Peas grow best in a cool environment so if you live in a hot and humid place like I do, you may consider growing them indoors.
To start, all you have to do is scatter the peas on top of moist potting soil in any shallow pot or trays with drainage. Then cover lightly with more soil.
The shoots start appearing in 3-5 days.
72 hours after seeding
When they are 6-8 inches tall, start clipping off the growing points and one pair of leaves. You can keep harvesting them until the shoots become bitter.
Pea shoots are about 7 inch tall 10 days after seeding
Clipped off a few inches just above the leaves
Mixed with other baby greens from my garden to make a simple salad
The peas re-shoot over and over if you keep clipping. It is one of the easiest things I have ever grown. I'm going to plant even more for a steady supply.