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Pea, Mammoth Melting Sugar

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HEIRLOOM. This is by far the largest and finest of the sugar or edible-podded peas.

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The sweetness of garden peas is legendary. This Burpee-bred early, extremely prolific, all-purpose pea produces straight 4 1/2" pods filled with 8 to 10 medium to large peas. Pods of this heirloom variety remain stringless and sweet longer than most others. It freezes well and is an outstanding winter crop in Zones 9-11. The best way to stretch the harvest is to plant early and late varieties. Direct-sow in early spring, again in midsummer for a fall crop. 200-225 seeds per packet, sows about 30' of row. Our seeds are not treated.
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Product properties

Days To Maturity The average number of days from when the plant is actively growing in the garden to the expected time of harvest.

68 days

Fruit Size The average size of the fruit produced by this product.

4-5 inches

Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8 inches

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48 inches

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow

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How to Sow

  • Because peas are members of the legume family of plants, they can benefit from an application of a soil inoculant designed for beans and peas, prior to planting. The inoculant will enable the plants to take nitrogen from the air to use as fertilizer, which can increase crop yield and quality.
  • For optimum flavor, grow in cool weather.
  • Coat untreated seed with an inoculant.
  • Sow in average soil in full sun in early spring for first crop, in late summer for fall crop.
  • Support shorter peas on small stakes or a pea fence. Taller peas can be supported with a tower or trellis netting. Set supports for vining varieties prior to planting.
  • Sow 2 inches apart in double rows spaced 6 inches apart with 24 inches between each set of rows.
  • Cover with 1 inch of fine soil, and sow 1 inch deep.
  • Seedlings emerge in 7-14 days, possibly longer in cooler soils.
  • Thin gradually to stand 4-6 inches apart starting when seedlings are about 1-2 inches high.

How to Grow

  • Protect spring plantings with floating row covers to keep flea beetles away.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating. Avoid disturbing the soil around the plants when weeding.
  • Keep plants well watered during dry periods to promote rapid, uninterrupted growth. They do not perform well in overly wet conditions. Seeds can rot in wet soil before germination occurs when planted in early spring.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • To determine when to pick shell peas, check the pods by eye and feel. If the pea pod is round, has a nice sheen, and is bright green, it is ready. If the seeds have made ridges on the pod and the pods are dull green, it is past prime.
  • You can pick snap and snow peas at any time but they are tastiest when the pods still have some play around the peas when you squeeze the pods.
  • Pick snow peas before the peas start to enlarge.
  • If harvest exceeds immediate fresh use, you can freeze peas immediately after harvest to retain rich flavor. Blanch peas for two minutes in boiling water, drain, and then plunge into ice cold water for another two minutes. Drain again and loosely pack the peas into plastic freezer bags or containers. Use within 9 months for best quality.
  • Peas can also be dried in a dehydrator and stored in a sealed canister for use in soups and stews.
Days To Maturity
68 days
Fruit Size
4-5 inches
Sun
Full Sun
Spread
8 inches
Height
48 inches
Sow Method
Direct Sow
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Sow Time
2-4 weeks BLF
Thin
6 inches
Life Cycle
Annual
Pea, Mammoth Melting Sugar is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Always a plot in my garden for these This is the second year I have grown this variety. In the winter of 2014/2015 it was part of my winter green house garden and despite being terribly neglected it produced pods that were only slightly bitter, but still edible and crisp. This February I planted 20 seeds, 18 sprouted. Only two plants survived because a critter was eating my seedlings. Much more loved this year, I have harvested several handfuls of sweet crisp pods or different sizes and is still producing pods in late June. I will continue to grow these in my garden. Zone 9 : Central California
Date published: 2016-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Pea I grew these for the first time this spring. Very close to 100% germination. So sweet and tasty that most didn't make it into the house. Very prolific and my vines grew over 6 feet, outgrowing their 4 foot trellis. Will plant more as soon as I buy more seed and build a taller trellis!!!
Date published: 2015-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic and easy in the desert I grew these last fall and all winter long (simply covering them when frost was expected) and all the way into early June before the heat got them. Early Mammoth is a great variety, very productive, sweet and tender even when the pods get big. This one has a permanent home in my garden. They were so good I forgot to let any of them go to seed so I could replant them (they are an heirloom). Kingman, AZ gets less than 8" rainfall per year, sits at 3500' and summertime highs are mostly above 100 with 109 or higher not uncommon. Winter lows rarely get below freezing but can drop into the high teens briefly.
Date published: 2014-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bountiful Crop Cannot believe how these peas have produced. They have to be picked every day and we have really enjoyed them, and so have my friends. I have the peas growing on a five foot fence which really makes the harvesting a pleasure. Will definitely plant these again next season.
Date published: 2010-04-26
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