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HEIRLOOM PEAS

Heirloom Peas
        Peas have been cultivated in southern Europe and in Asia for thousands of years. They are native to the eastern Mediterranean, from Turkey to Iran.  The Greeks and Romans were so fond of peas that peas were eaten on mass, like we might eat popcorn, when they were attending theatre and sporting events.  The Romans introduced peas to the rest of Europe by 400 A.D.
         Nutritionally, peas are rich in vitamins A and C, all the B vitamins, and the minerals phosphorus, iron and potassium, as well as being high in fiber.  Peas can help treat constipation, high cholesterol, tiredness and lethargy.

Amish Snap
     A superb heirloom snap pea grown for many decades by the Amish community. Vines grow 6 feet tall and are heavy producers of 2 inch edible pods.
Matures in 60 days. 
 
Asparagus Pea
       This unusual vegetable is native to the Middle East, where it has been grown for over 400 years.  In recent times, it has become one fo the top gourmet vegetables in Europe.  The plant grows about 8 inches high and 20 inches wide.  Its growth pattern makes it ideal for container growing.  It has attractive red/black pea-like flowers and unusuaal edible winged pods.  The aspargus tasting pods are picked small, under 1 inch, and steamed or stir-fried. 
The plant grows best in unfertilized, lean soil and keeps producing even in cool fall weather. 
65 days to maturity.
     

Golden Sweet Edible Podded
        A rare heirloom dating back to ancient India. The 5 feet tall vines are very attractive with two toned purple flowers and golden pods. The pods are eaten young as flat snow peas, or the tan seeds wth purple flecks can be allowed to mature and dried for use in soups.  This variety and the above heirloom vine would make an attractive sight in any vegetable or flower garden.  This plant is very productive and drought tolerant.   
In 65 days, ths snow peas can be harvested.

Sutton's Harbinger 
            An excellent quality of shelling pea that comes from a long line of British heirloom peas.  It was honoured by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1901. This pea plant grows to 30 inches tall and produces a heavy crop
55 days to harvesting peas.