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Blue Pod Capucijner Pea  

Pisum sativum

 This extremely rare heirloom soup and porridge pea was developed in Holland during the early 1600s by Capuchin monks. It became a garden classic throughout northern Europe and England due to its vigorous growth and high productivity. The pea requires 80 to 90 days from early spring planting to mid-summer harvest.  Vines reach 48 to 60 inches in length thus require support.  The pods turn dark blue as they ripen, hence the name.  The attractive bicolor flowers are edible, as are the tiny spring shoots.  Minimum 25 seeds. Germination 96%.