Organic Snow Pea Seed – How to grow Snow Pea shoots
Snow Pea Shoots are beautiful nutritious greens, which are grown to about 3-4 inches height. They are then suitable for harvesting and adding to salads, sandwiches, stir-fries or juices. Snow Pea Shoots contain the highest concentrations of chlorophyll of any food sprout. This helps purify the liver, builds the blood and helps with digestion. They contain plenty of bioactive lecithin that helps to reduce the plaque inside arteries. With seven times as much vitamin C as blueberries, eight times as much folic acid as Chinese bean sprouts, four times as much vitamin A as tomatoes and plenty of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and fibre they really are super foods. We recommend you use organic compost or soil to ensure you have the best nutritious shoots.
How to grow 1 standard seed tray (33cm x 22cm) of Snow Pea Shoots:
Soak 100 to 150g of the snow pea seeds in warm water (40ºC initially) for approximately 15-18 hours or overnight.
Drain off the water.
Daily, 2-3 times a day, fill the container with fresh water and drain off immediately.
After 2 days fill your seed tray half full of compost. Sprinkle the sprouted seed on top of the compost and spread evenly.
Keep covered at room temperature for 4/5 days, watering once/twice a day keeping the compost moist, as it is important to keep the seeds moist during germination, but do not over water.
On approximately the sixth day once the seed has germinated, ensure the tray is in a light place, the brighter the better.
You can slow or speed the growth of the snow pea shoots by manipulating the temperature. Fresh air and sunshine is what it likes best, but in cold weather you will need to keep it indoors on or near a windowsill. In hot weather it is better to protect the plants from direct sunshine.
Continue to water, up to twice a day if necessary. Do not let the shoots stand in water. Just keep the compost moist.
After 10-14 days, the plants will be approx 7 – 10cm (3-4 inches) high, and will be at their optimum nutritional value, having transformed maximum light energy into chlorophyll, making the leaves a bright green. It is now ready to harvest and eat.
To harvest cut a small bundle of the Snow Pea Shoots with a sharp knife or scissors about 1 cm above compost surface. Rinse well before use, sprinkle on salads or use in sandwiches and enjoy.
Once it is ready to use, keep it as cool as possible to maximise its life. If it is still growing too fast, or getting old, you can cut it and put it in your fridge for several days to keep fresh, but not for too long as it will need light to keep green. Rinse it immediately before use as usual.
By planting trays at weekly intervals, you can ensure a continuous supply.
You can use your Snow Pea shoots in recipes below:
Jamie Oliver's California Sprout Salad
Alan Coxon's Salmon Serviche with crisp fresh sprouts
Polly Noble's Protein Powerhouse Smoothie
Labneh with pomegranate, sprouted seeds and shoots
Alan Coxon's Javanese Style Chicken with crisp Aconbury Sprout salad