Saturday, July 3, 2010

Visualize Whirled Peas

Pictured above is my share of the entire pea harvest. Peas Alfredo is very easy to put together -- at least in my opinion, not having been the one to do it. I did cook the peas, though. They just need a minute or so in water that is boiling enough to move them around. Whirled peas -- get it?

Then cooked pasta is coated with the rich cheesy Alfredo sauce, the peas are ladled out on top, and voila -- a delicious concoction that truly could contribute to harmony among nations, if only there were more of it. Fortunately, there were only two of us at dinner.

The entire pea harvest consisted of one cup of nicely sized Caseload Shelling Peas. Well worth it, to my mind, especially since this is the first ever genuine pea harvest our garden has ever produced -- after years of trying. My half-cup share felt like a personal breakthrough. Next year: two cups!

Here's the pea patch on June 13. This is pretty much the whole show. There wasn't a lot, but each nice fat pod yielded five or six nice fat peas.

This seedling, a couple of inches tall, was photographed on April 14. The peas were planted on March 19 and harvested on June 14, so Days to Maturity was about three months or 90 days.

At the time of planting I remember thinking it was too late for peas but I was wrong because this crop -- if "crop" is not too grandiose a word for one cup of peas -- has been the most successful we've ever had.

Was it the unusually cool spring? Did planting late mean the ground was warmer and the seeds didn't rot? Were conditions just right to enable the little seedlings to grow fast enough to outpace the night critters that like to shear them off at ground level?

Whatever the magical convergence of variables happened to be, we are grateful.

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