Seed List

Sutton's Early Giant

Pea Sutton's Early Giant flower

Probably a strain of the well-known commercial variety Gradus, this pea dates back to the turn of the 20th century. Sutton's 1940 catalogue description says, “Still holds its position as one of the most popular wrinkle-seeded peas in the early section. Pods large, pointed, dark green in colour, and produced in great profusion. Flavour excellent. Height 3-4ft (90-120cm)”. Most of our Guardians found that they grew much taller (>2m), and that the peas they produced were particularly delicious!

10 seeds
Pea
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Table Talk

Pea Table Talk single pod

Our donor was given this by a Yorkshire relative in 1940. He has been growing it ever since. A vigorous, thick-stemmed pea, known to climb 2.4-3m (sturdy supports are essential!), with attractive marbled foliage and white flowers. Capable of producing a lot of peas in quite a small area. Broad, pale green pods are filled with extremely sweet peas, even when mature. Also excellent for freezing.

10 seeds
Pea

Tinc a Fleur Blanc

Pea Tinc a Fleur Blanc

This pea was part of a collection of seeds sent to us back in 2009 and believed to be an ex-commercial variety; however, we have been able to find very little information on the history of this variety. Produces tall plants (>1.75m) and white flowers followed by long, straight pods each containing 6-7 peas.

10 seeds
Pea
Organic

Uncle Fred's Pea

Pea Uncle Fred's Pea

Our donor has been enjoying this pea since the 1970s after being given them by her Uncle Fred, who had grown the variety since the 1940s. She said that they have a wonderful sweet flavour for a large pea. Growing to around 2m in height, this variety is prolific and high-yielding so will require sturdy supports. Pick the pods when full; best eaten fresh but excellent for freezing.

10 seeds
Pea
Organic
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Veitch's Perfection

Pea Veitch's Perfection (flower)

Thought to have been developed by Veitch's Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea, this variety is referred to in Johnson's Gardeners' Dictionary (1842 edition). It is a late variety producing vigorous (1.2-1.8m) plants with very large leaves and white flowers. The large pods contain 9-11 marrowfat-type peas with strong but sweet flavour.

10 seeds
Pea
Organic

Victorian Purple Podded

Pea Victorian Purple Podded copyright Cressida Haughton

A tall pea (1.5-2m) producing beautiful pink and claret flowers followed by an abundance of purple pods. The plants are vigorous and dense, but the pods stand out clearly, making picking easy. Both beautiful and productive, the perfect 'edible ornamental'!

10 seeds
Pea

Long Green Buddha

Pepper Long Green Buddha

Bushy, compact plants (up to 1m) produce white flowers followed by 12-20, long (9-12cm), conical fruits per plant. The name may be something of a misnomer as these fruits are at their best when they are left to ripen to a bright and shiny red. Not for hot chilli lovers, but rich flavoured and productive and easy to grow. Sow to harvest 70 days (approx.)

10 seeds
Pepper

Nardello

Pepper Nardello

This true Italian heirloom has been grown by the Nardello family since the 19th century. The Nardellos took the pepper seeds with them to the USA in 1887, and when Jimmy Nardello passed away in 1983 some were donated to the Seed Savers Exchange. Prolifically produces slender, twisted fruits, slightly fatter than chillies, that become very juicy and with a sweet, mild-peppery flavour when red. Perfect for roasting, frying, making pasta sauce and in salads.

10 seeds
Pepper

Soror Sarek

Pepper Soror Sarek group

Our donor picked up seeds of this variety in Croatia and passed on a sample to us. The large, heart-shaped, crunchy fruits start off pale jade (white when cooked) changing through pink, orange-red and eventually scarlet when mature; and produced in abundance. Equally tasty cooked in stir fries and raw in salads.

10 seeds
Pepper

Trifetti

Pepper Trifetti

Syn. Purple Tiger. Produces pretty plants with variegated cream and green leaves, purple flowers and dark purple/black, bullet-shaped fruits that turn red when ripe. We recommend early sowing (February/early March) and a long growing season for this pepper. The peppers are extremely hot and care should be taken when handling, preparing and eating them. Prolonged handling of the seed can also cause irritation, so take care if seed saving.

10 seeds
Pepper