It can be eaten, hard or soft.
A hardy vegetable to say the least or most.
Some vegetables are English in origin, others (the pea) have a simple nomenclature, lathyrus odoratus, but their uniqueness lies in the color or pigmentation. Most gardeners would agree – the newly grown pea plant is not necessarily a pretty sight to see; but a welcome cool weather planted vegetable(annual) that grows either fancy or free.
It likes the rays from the sun. Heat makes it plump, most gardeners would agree.
An unidentified Atlanta teen that wished to remain anonymous said, “I’m a member of a 4-H club, and I’m still intrigued by nature, planting and harvesting. How can you get a pea from a pea?”
“Growing peas seems like magic. Get a soil test, do amendments, then follow the directions on the vegetable packet. It’s as easy as one, two and three. In our region of the South it is usually planted in February or March,” she added. “The blooms can be made into cut flowers, the teen said. But the heat curtails the blooming, particularly in the fall.”
History of the Pea
Researchers say the earliest finds of peas were in Jordan, Turkey and Neolithic Syria. More than three hundred years ago, one of the vegetable crazes in Europe was to eat “green” peas.
Peas come in a variety of colours with the exception of yellow and in England and France they were picked immaturely beginning in the 15th century and eaten shortly thereafter, handpicked or with a meal.
The English are credited with developing an eponymous pea bearing their name and a garden pea variety; all peas generally grow six to eight inches tall.
A short day variety is available for growers in the South. Peas bloom in the late Spring; some into summer or even during the early autumn season.
Former president Thomas Jefferson grew more than 30 cultivated varieties on his estate.
With the invention of canning and freezing, peas are now available year round. Not all peas are sweet or fragrant. They can grow on a bamboo pole, be mixed in with other shrubby vegetables and pole beans or grow along a fence. A favourite of vegetable gardeners, the pea attracts pollinators, namely the bee.
Some of the most common varieties include the “old fashioned, the Bijou Group and Spencer cultivars.” Most gardeners grow peas one inch deep and two inches apart.
Atlanta grower Pat Price, says she likes her peas “crisp and sweet.” Price added that she has never grown peas in her backyard garden, so she doesn’t have first-hand experience with growing them. However, Price said, “I grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini (every other year). But I like to eat them (peas).”
There is nutritional value to peas, says health food experts. Some health conscious individuals would say, “A pea or a few a day, will keep the doctor away.”