'Nutmeg' was the name of one of the oldest melons known and, though it once referred to a definitive type, years of cultivation provided numerous variations. Cucurbits of New York (1935) states that Green Nutmeg is one of the earliest of these variations and the description they offer matches the one in the HSL Collection. When fully ripe the fruits have yellowish-brown skin with greenish-brown 'netting' and soft-textured, juicy, pale green flesh with a fantastic aroma. Does well in a cold frame or polytunnel, and outdoors in warmer areas.
Our donors were given these peas by teacher, Ester Born, from Switzerland, after whom it is named. Ester acquired the variety from a local farmer and it is thought that the variety dates to back to the 1970s. Produces tall plants (2-3m) and beautiful bicoloured pink and magenta flowers, followed by delicious mangetout peas. It is also winter hardy and can be sown in January/February or as soon as the ground thaws.
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.
This ex-commercial, maincrop variety has been grown and saved by our donor since 1971. Described by Vilmorin-Andrieux (1885), it is tall (>2.1m), thick-stemmed and vigorous, requiring sturdy supports. White flowers are followed by long, dark green pods. Carters Tested Seeds catalogue of 1888 states, “A very handsome new wrinkled pea, with a profusion of extra large, well-filled pods containing 9-12 peas.”
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.
Syn. 'Early Henry’. Grown by our donor successfully in Northern Germany before it disappeared from commercial catalogues. She saved her own seeds and continued to grow it when she moved to Devon. A tall, white flowered, round-seeded, mangetout type growing up to 1.5m in height. A hardy variety which produces its tender, delicious pods over a very long season
This variety has been grown by our donor and his family since the 1940s. It was passed to them by a grower on Desborough Allotments, Northamptonshire; a Mr Harold Idle. A tall pea (more than 2m), it requires early sowing (March) to provide vigorous and productive plants. White flowers give way to large, well-filled pods, borne singly on the vine. The peas are delicious when eaten fresh, but tend to lose their flavour if frozen.
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.