Asparagus Pea - 8 Heirloom Seeds
(Lotus tetragonolobus Syn. Tetragonolobus purpureus)
You will probably find more references to this plant in your gardening library referring to its use as an ornamental than to its use as a vegetable. Picked young and tender (2-3cm long), the peculiar winged, four-angled, square pods when lightly cooked whole have a unique flavor said to resemble, as the name implies, asparagus. They can also be eaten raw in salads, fried in butter, stir-fried or added to soups and stews. The seeds can be eaten like peas or roasted and used as coffee.
Start under glass or sow direct where they are to grow, spacing the plants 30cm or so apart.
Twiggy pea-sticks appreciated. The plant is very ornamental and its very pretty flowers of an unusual shade of a fine darkish, brownish purple-red will be much appreciated in the flower garden. 45cm high plant.
Propagation notes will be supplied with seed packet.
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