This variety dates back to at least 1945 and was sent by Allman Brothers Ltd, Nurseries, to Wisley for trial in 1947. A maincrop, dwarf variety growing to around 45cm in height. Produces white flowers and blunt, fibrous pods containing 4-6 peas in each. Wonderfully sweet straight from the pod, and tasty when cooked too.
Bred by British seedsmen Carters, of Raynes Park, London. The 1.5m plants produce masses of white flowers followed by pods borne in pairs. Don't let their relatively small size put you off, they are packed with peas! Let us know what you think of the flavour.
One of the many varieties donated by John Yeoman, the name of this variety translates from the Hungarian as sugar peas. It produces medium-sized plants, 1-1.4m in height with white flowers and pods containing up to 8 peas. Let us know what you think of the flavour.
Thought to have been introduced in 1893 this vigorous pea can grow to 2-3m tall and carries large foliage, so will need sturdy supports. The large, blunt pods can be eaten as mangetout when immature, but are best when the pods are just full, yielding large sweet peas that freeze well.
Traditional pea unique to the farm communities of the Northern Netherlands. The name is derived from the Capuchin monks, who are said to have developed this type of pea in the 1500s. This compact variety (approximately 1m) has pretty, fragrant bicolour pink and violet flowers and large, starchy peas, perfect for drying and using as mushy peas.
Thought to have originated in Gayton, Northamptonshire and developed from Knights Tall Green Marrow. According to Peas of New York (1928) some seeds made their way to Northampton-based seed merchant Messrs Jeyes, who marketed the variety as Jeyes Conquerer. The Gardeners' Chronicle and Agricultural Gazette for 1859 published a selection of glowing testimonials, and a long list of growers willing to support these. A tall pea (1.8-2.1m) producing white flowers and a heavy crop of large, sweet, solid peas tightly packed it their pods. Delicious fresh, but will also freeze very well maintaining their flavour.
Called 'peleks zirnis' in Latvian, meaning 'grey peas', this type of pea is grown across Latvia and traditionally eaten with fried fatty pork and onions. Our sample was brought back from Riga on a tourist coach! After soaking overnight use the dried peas as an alternative to chickpeas. The bicoloured flowers are particularly large and as attractive as ornamental sweet peas.
This vigorous, tall pea (>2m) produces bicoloured pink and maroon flowers followed by large purple pods, easy to find amid the light green foliage. If picked young the pods are delicious as mangetout; when mature the peas, up to 8 of them per pod, taste deliciously sweet straight from the pod, retaining their flavour when cooked.
This variety has been grown in Durweston, near Blandford, Dorset for as long as local memory goes. They are known there as 'Mummy's' and it was suggested that the seeds were originally found in a tomb. To add to the story, there is thought to be a link between a local landowning family (the Portmans) and the 1922 expedition that unveiled Tutankhamun's tomb. A tall (>1.5m), white flowered variety, producing well-filled pods of sweet peas.
An unusual variety with white flowers and edible tendrils that resemble curled parsley and are a perfect addition to salads. The plants grow up to a metre in height, but will need tying to pea sticks as the tendrils will not cling to supports like other peas. The plump pods produce 6-7 sweet flavoured peas which are delicious cooked and even better straight from the pod.