Blue Podded Pea

Photo by Gayla Trail  All Rights Reserved

Most of my peas are finished and have been replaced by beans but the Blue Podded Shelling Pea is still producing over at my community garden. I harvested a handful just yesterday. This beautiful purple pea with frilly pink flowers is one of a handful of unusual pea types that I can’t resist growing every year. I can’t say I love the flavour of this variety, but then again I tend to harvest the peas when they are small and eat them steamed rather than leaving them longer to produce real peas as is the norm. When cooking, the blue/purple colour actually bleeds off like a dye. I steamed a handful on top of rice once and the rice was dyed purple.

Another photo from my community garden.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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