Seed List

Hugh's Huge

Pea Hugh's Huge flower

This variety was given to our donor in the 1980s by Hugh Cutting, a representative of the local water authority. Hugh had been given the seed from an old gentleman's garden whilst undertaking a well survey and it is thought to date back to before 1920. A very tall, sturdy variety (1.8-3m) producing green-veined, white flowers. Exceptionally productive, it lives up to its name with huge pods packed with huge peas! 

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Jeyes

Pea Jeyes

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.

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Latvian

Pea Latvian harvested pod

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.

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Llanover

Pea Llanover

This is a tall variety that needs strong pea sticks to support the large pods produced. They were grown for many years on the Llanover Estate in Wales from seeds brought to the UK by a German prisoner of war (WWI). Once the war was over he returned to marry a Welsh girl and continued to work on the estate. Produces white flowers and pods filled with small, sweet peas.

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Mr Bethell's Purple Podded

Pea Mr Bethell's Purple Podded (credit Catherine Goss & Maurice Pennance)

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.

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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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