Check this out! My experiment this year in growing peas: Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas versus Sugar Daddy Peas. Both of these are actually sugar snap peas from Burpee where you eat the whole pea not just the peas inside the shell. I wanted to share my experiences with you. Sugar snap peas are a favorite of our family as you will be able to see from all my blog posts about them.
They are a cool weather crop so they need to be planted in the early spring for an early summer crop or in the middle summer for a fall crop. They can stand some frosts much better then say beans or tomatoes. See my post on Sugar Snap peas and the frost. Since the middle of June we have been enjoying our harvest of sugar snap peas so I am in a great position to compare these 2 different types of sugar snap peas!
Compare Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas to Sugar Daddy Peas
First I would like to compare how they grow. As you can see from this picture they have very different growing habits. The peas on the left which are over 6 feet tall are the Super Sugar Snap pea. The peas on the right which reached a grand ole height of about 3 feet are the Sugar Daddy Peas. You can see there is a huge difference. But each pea has a plus and a minus.
Firstly, the Super Sugar Snaps need something that will support them to grow over six feet tall. This could be considered a minus because that is not so easy to come up with. I will tell you my secret. I use Texas Tomato Cages with the 2 foot extensions. I have been using these for years because they support my Sugar Snaps very nicely. The cages are circular and I plant my peas around the inner edge of the circle and around the outer edge of the circle. You can see a picture looking down into the tomato cage with baby peas growing at this link: Update on growing Sugar Snap Peas. The minus to these tomato cages is that they are expensive. In my opinion they are totally worth it.
We did actually harvest more peas from the taller peas which is a plus for the Burpee Super Sugar Snap peas. Even so, the Sugar Daddy peas grew a lot of peas on the shorter vines.
Plant Sugar Daddy Peas from Burpee If You Don’t Have a Six Foot Support
If you don’t have any way to support peas that are going to grow over six feet tall the Burpee Sugar Daddy pea is for you. It is much easier to support a plant the only grows 3 feet tall. The growth is more compact and there were a lot of peas in the smaller space. There are many options for a 3 foot tall support. There will be a few options from Amazon to click on at the end of this post.
How About Taste: Burpee Super Sugar Snap Peas
There is no doubt about it that the Super Sugar Snap peas and the Sugar Daddy peas are both delicious–sweet, flavorful, crunchy and refreshing! There is a minus though, to the Super Sugar Snap Peas–they are very stringy. You need to remove the strings before you eat them in my opinion. The Sugar Daddy peas are practically stringless. In my opinion I don’t mind de-stringing them. But for some people they would definitely rather have the stringless variety.
To sum it all up the Super Sugar Snap Peas grow much taller and produce more peas that are delicious. You will need a super tall support system for them. They are really delicious but they have strings. The Sugar Daddy peas are more easily managed because they don’t grow so tall and they are stringless. Both are really tasty!
There is still time to try some for this year. Plant them in August for a lovely fall crop!
Check out some of my other blog posts on planting and growing sugar snap peas:
Click on the pictures below to buy supports to grow sugar snap peas!