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Asparagus Pea , The Winged Pea (Circa 16th C)

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Tetragonolobus purpureus,  - Bright crimson flowers, (Circa 16th C) In cultivation before 1596 - The Winged Pea. Grown for its beautiful velvety red flowers and small, delicate unusual shaped pods. It's neither asparagus nor a pea, but it's rather tasty & very pretty and yet grows like a rambling Dwarf Pea Bush! Firstly, the young leafless stem shoots can be eaten like asparagus, then produces a profusion of prominent deep red flowers, followed by seed pods that are longitudinally winged which are also picked and eaten young (2.5cm). Tastes a bit like a cross between asparagus & fresh peas and gives a harvest all summer and well into the autumn. Easily grown low bushy plant. In cultivation before 1596, Seed Count Approx - 25 to 30 avg
 
 SOWING - Easily grown low bushy plant.- Great for Goodsized Patio Pots or open Ground, - Start indoors in trays, transplanting outdoors when plants are 5cm tall. Or sow outdoors in 2cm deep drills once the frosts are over, thinning to 25cm apart when large enough. A sheltered sunny spot in free-draining soil is best. Harvest from midsummer
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