When Are Peas Ripe?

Do ripe pea pods break off easily or do I need to cut them off to get the freshest peas? I'm seeing conflicting advice on-line.

Hardiness Zone: 7a

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By sasha from Atlanta, GA

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May 29, 20090 found this helpful

Don't know what kind of peas you have but here's some info-
Harvest garden variety peas just as peas plump up and begin to touch in the pod. Snap peas should be bulging within the pods, and snow peas are best when 3 to 4 inches in length but still flat. Cut pods from vines with scissors instead of pulling.You may locate more info online,good luck.

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June 5, 20090 found this helpful

If I had just one row, I would clip them off with scissors, because the vines are so brittle that if you pull on them, they're likely to break off and then that part of the vine will die. If you clip them, you can get more than one picking. Snow peas are a tiny bit tougher than other kinds.

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