Pea (Pisum sativum L.) is grown primarily in cooler regions of the world. Different varieties have been developed to produce mature, dry seeds; succulent, well-developed immature seeds; or succulent, immature edible pods. Dry seed varieties are sometimes referred to as field peas. The names garden pea and English pea are used for the varieties harvested as immature seeds, whereas the edible pod types are commonly known as snow pea or sugar snap pea. In some Asian cuisines, the shoots of pea plants are also used as vegetable greens.
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