asparagus pea

asparagus pea / Psophocarpus tetragonolobus

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately-fertile, well-drained soil

    A low-growing ground cover plant with gorgeous maroon flowers. These are followed by a prolific crop of unusual winged pods, which should be picked young, at about 2.5cm long and eaten whole: they have a delicate flavour similar to asparagus. Allow plants to scramble prettily over the edges of your veg beds or support with twiggy pea sticks.

  • Growing Instructions:Sow direct outside under cloches from late spring into a sunny spot with free-draining soil, spacing seeds 5cm apart in shallow drills about 1.5cm deep. Cover seedlings with netting in the early stages to protect from birds, and protect from slugs. To cook, just top and tail the pods and steam or lightly boil. Pick regularly to ensure continuous cropping. Large pods tend to become stringy and fibrous.

  • Sow: Apr – May

  • Harvest: June - August

  • Approximate quantity: 50 seeds.

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Eventual height & spread

Pretty brown crimson flowers but not much of a cropper

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Excited by the unusual pods and the promise of asparagus flavour this was a first time sowing and growing. The seeds germinated well and the plants grew happily. The dark brown-red flowers are beautiful. The cropping was weak and irregular so that I never harvested a full meal or ended up with stringy large pods waiting for others to catch up and make a decent harvest. I will use the remaining seeds for 2020 growing season as decorative underplanting but not for a mainstay vegetable crop.

Auntie Maureen

London

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