Seed List

Mummy's Pea

Pea Mummy's flower

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.

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Ne Plus Ultra

Pea Ne Plus Ultra

This was one of the first hardy wrinkled peas, introduced in 1847 and reaching a peak of popularity in the 1860s and 1870s. Pods are dark, borne in pairs and, according to RHS trials in 1860, abundant. We agree. It is also a tall variety (>2m), producing large peas with a fine, sweet flavour, delicious when popped straight from the pod. Sow to harvest 90-100 days (approx.)

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Ostgotaart

Pea Ostgotaart

This variety is an old Swedish landrace producing pretty white flowers followed by a healthy crop of tasty, large, fat pods with an average of 6 peas in each. Grows to more than 2m in height and is very productive. The peas themselves are large and incredibly sweet when raw, maintaining their flavour when cooked. Sow to harvest 90 days (approx.)

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Parsley

Pea Parsley copyright Dave Brooks

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.

 

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Purple Flowered Russian

Pea Purple Flowered Russian

Our donor bought this variety as fresh 'peas in the pod' in Russia. The peas had gone past the best eating stage, so she brought them back to England, grew some herself and donated a sample to HSL. Produces tall plants with pink and purple bicoloured flowers, followed by slim pods containing small round peas, perfect for drying. Let us know what you think of them.

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Purple Pod

Pea Purple Pod

Donated by the Seed Savers Exchange, Iowa, USA. A tall pea (>2m) producing beautiful pale and dark pink bicoloured flowers that are attractive enough for the ornamental border. Let us know what you think of the flavour.

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Robinson

Pea Robinson copyright Jo Fox

Our donor had grown this variety on his farm in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, since the 1950s; however, he was originally given the seeds by a Mr Robinson, who had acquired them in Scotland. The vigorous plants (>2m) produce long, slim, slightly curved pods over a long season. Extraordinarily sweet, retaining their flavour even when frozen. Guardian and Garden Organic Trustee Adam Alexander says, “The finest pea I grow.”

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Sankia

Pea Sankia harvested pods

Thought to have originated in San Kia, Chinese Turkestan, now known as Xinjiang, a province in the north-west of China. This variety was acquired by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1910 to be trialled as a potential forage crop. It was also used, more recently, in research for seed-borne pea mosaic virus in the Netherlands. Produces tall (up to 1.8m) plants and white flowers followed by short, slightly curved pods.

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Sharpe's Liberty

Pea Sharpe's Liberty

No, not a Bernard Cornwell novel featuring the dashing soldier fighting in the Napoleonic war, but a rare variety of pea. Sharpe & Co, Seed Merchants, based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire from 1913 to 1983. Growing up to 2m in height, this vigorous, hardy variety produces white flowers followed by a good crop of shortish, blunt pods containing 6-7 round peas in each.

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Stenu

Pea Stenu flowers

A tall, vigorous pea (around 2m) with pods that form a metre or so above the ground, making them easy to pick. Pretty pink and dark purple flowers give way to pods containing an average of 8 peas each. Seed Guardian Karen S says the peas are “sweetly enjoyable eaten raw form the pod, none of them made it to the kitchen”,  and we can confirm that they retain this sweetness when cooked.

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