The trendy little gray pea

By on March 3, 2017

How can a small pea become so popular? The gray pea is the star chefs’ favorite and among the trendiest one can have on their menu. It is good, easy to grow, beautiful, durable and useful. What more can you ask of a pea?

A cultivated plant
The gray pea is one of the oldest cultivated plants. It has previously been grown on the fields to both feed and food, often together with barley, oats or beans. It has also developed into garden pea with a large amount of variation. All included in the species Pisum sativum, underneath groupings can be done in many ways, botanical or after use.

A modest pea
The gray peas are easy to grow and unassuming. They take as all of the legumes up their nitrogen from the soil. All varieties are also well suited for garden cultivation. They decorate the place with beautiful multicolored flowers and by not crossing itself can grow several varieties at the same time. They are often high and need support. Watch out for birds, they also love peas!

A protein-rich pea
Cultivation on a larger scale within the country starts to come back. More and more draw attention to the great potential of the gray peas. A high-quality protein-rich foodstuff with many unexplored tastes and possibilities.

A sweet pea
If we want to preserve this flavorful variety then have we to grow ourselves, says Agneta Magnusson, who is the alderman of ärtskrået and president of Sesame. Few varieties are available commercially. Anyone who is interested can join the association Sesame, where you as a member seed grow and share their surplus. On the local seed swap meetings one can also make finding.

Seed petition
Many of the old varieties have been collected by POM, the Programme for Cultivated Diversity. Through Seed petition has both peas and history been seized. They can be found in NordGens database Sesto. All varieties are also kept in active cultivation of The Association Sesam, a group of seed growing and protection of cultivated plants in Sweden.

The lecture Gråärtskolan March 22
Agneta Magnusson has a lecture in the Skånska mine 22 March about the gray peas cultural history, the different varieties, how to grow gray peas and their use.

– The old cultural varieties carry a tasty variety, which will soon be gone if we do not continue to grow them, says Agneta which also have with her a couple of seed samples to those who want to cultivate themselves and discover the difference. 

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