Peas in October?

blauwschokker peas

I intended to do this post in July. Family and pet loss forced blogging out of the window for a while, along with all sense of time. I couldn’t find any enthusiasm to visit the allotment, as a consequence some of my planned posts haven’t met the publish button. So here we are, late October. Why bother to blog about peas now? Well, these particular peas, in my humble opinion, deserve a mention. The variety is ‘Blauwschokker’ and they’re definitely on my list of crops to grow next year.

blauwschokker peas

Deep purple pods with huge minty-green peas nestled inside, the plants grow very tall so you’ll need to grow them against something sturdy and high (I used 7 ft canes pushed into sheets of wire mesh, such as chicken or aviary wire). Stems and leaves are thicker and heavier than any other pea I’ve grown, with tendrils as thick as springs. Pods are easy to pick, thanks to the bold colour, and can be eaten as mange tout before the peas begin to swell. Eye-catching pink/crimson flushed flowers are large and could easily be mistaken for sweet peas, for that reason alone, a perfect addition for the allotment or veg garden.

allotment harvest

A doddle to grow, these peas are very similar in size to marrowfat peas with an earthy, punchy flavour. Shell and mix with young broad beans, mash and smash with a fork or pestle and mortar adding a little olive oil and fresh mint, spread onto warm olive bread. Yum!

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16 comments

  1. Hi I grew these for the second year running saving the seed from the pods to grow this year successfully. These are by far the best peas with very pretty flowers too, I also won first prize in the local village horticultural show for the second year running with them, which was exciting as I am only an amateur gardener – but learning all the time.
    Sarah x

  2. Those peas look great, and will definitely be on my list for next year at the plot. I agree with Robbie, the allotment has been a great haven of peace for me over the last few testing months.

  3. I also grew a variety of purple podded peas and had fantastic success with them. I agree with you completely they do look beautiful when flowering and have the added benefit of tasting great too.

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