With the cold, rainy weather for the last 4 days, my sugar snap and garden peas have developed powdery mildew. The older vines are the worst. I have pulled them and put them in the trash. The younger vines have a much lighter case. Are the peas still edible? I hate to waste all the good food and time and energy. Anything I can do to the soil in the area that will mitigate any damage?
Otsego County Michigan
Powdery mildew fungal growth is a common malady of peas. Severely infected plants may have reduced yields, shortened production times, and fruit that has little flavor.
After considerable searching, I could not find any research-based information stating whether the fruit is safe to eat. I also could find no information stating the peas would be unsafe to consume. Obviously, you would not want to eat a pod that looked like the one pictured below.