Snow pea shoots are the ultimate in container gardening, small space gardening, windowsill gardening, no garden gardening, or any other term you could care to think of. They are also one of the easiest and cheapest things in the whole world to grow – here’s a handy guide on how to grow snow pea shoots indoors so you can see for yourself!
To be honest, I hadn’t heard of snow pea shoots before, until last month, when I saw them in a shop for £1.75 for a small bag of them. I searched the web them to see what they were, and thanks to the wonders of the internet, I discovered that a) they would be delicious in stir-fries and salads, and b) £1.75 for bag of shoots is a bit of a rip off when I could grow my own in a short space of time (and a small space) for much less money.
So instead I picked up a box of dried peas for the princely sum of 38p and got growing! A third of a box of dried peas – so less than 13p – got me this bountiful crop:
Here’s how to grow pea shoots so you can have a constant crop of them for not much money. It’s pretty much fool-proof. Even if you’re not particularly green-fingered you could do this, and it would be such a fun thing to do with kids as the peas shoot quite quickly, and then they can eat their bounty!
How to Grow Snow Pea Shoots Indoors
This was our batch of snow pea shoots after only a day and a half:
As you can see, they shoot fast!
A little tip – if you use cotton wool you’ll need to feed the peas. We used cotton wool and the growth of our peas stalled at a few centimeters until we fed them with some cold black rooibos tea, and then they lept up in leaps and bounds.
Once your snow pea shoots are a few inches high, cut and enjoy! Don’t leave them too long before cutting as once they get a bit taller and the stems thicken they start to taste quite bitter, which isn’t what you want at all!
As the internet told me, snow pea shoots are delicious in stir-fries and salads; but I’ve also found they are tasty on pizzas, in pasta, and in sandwiches. They taste intensely of pea, which, as a pea lover, is no bad thing.
They good thing about snow pea shoots is as they grown indoors you can have a constant crop all year round. About three days into the growing cycle of the first batch simply sow another batch in another tub.
So there you go, that’s how to grow snow pea shoots indoors for under 50 pence! Hap-pea growing! ;)