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Shelling Peas


The peas listed here are mostly bush varieties, except two varieties found here toward the end (Champion of England and Spanish Skyscraper). Varieties are in order from earliest to latest maturing.

Maestro

Maestro has very good flavour, long pods, and good mildew resistance. It is very early, usually starting to produce at the end of June, but the plants are small and the yield is not heavy.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Knight

Knight is about as early as Maestro, also mildew resistant, and a better yielder with large, broad pods and big seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Early Onward

Early Onward is a large-seeded fairly early pea, which dates from 1908 and is still available commercially in England.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Hatif d’Annonay

Hatif d’Annonay is what the name says, early, with dwarf plants and comes from Annonay in the French alps.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Tom Thumb

Tom Thumb has extremely dwarf plants making it good for container gardening and other small spaces, like cold frame production very early or very late in the season. Originated in England, and first introduced in the US by Landreth Seeds, Philadelphia, in 1854.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Large Manitoba

Large Manitoba is an early dwarf variety which has the largest pods of any variety I grow, with 8-10 seeds per pod.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Northern Sweet

Northern Sweet gives a good yield of large pods with large sweet seeds.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams, 125 grams
Novella

Novella has compact plants with most of the pods concentrated near the top of the plant, and is early. Novella is a semi-leafless variety with most of the leaves replaced by tendrils.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Prairie Parsley

Prairie Parsley is a semi-leafless variety with most of the leaves replaced by tendrils. However, this variety does have very small leaves at the end of its tendrils which can be used like parsley as an edible garnish. Bred in Saskatchewan.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Aristagreen

Similar in maturing to Novella is Aristagreen, a heavy yielding variety with a concentration of rather short pods and good flavour. Most pea varieties are double-podded, i.e. having two pods growing at each node, but this is one of three of our triple- (and occasionally quadruple-) podded cultivars (number of pods growing at each node).

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Triplet

Triplet is similar to Triple Treat but earlier. Most pea varieties are double-podded, i.e. having two pods growing at each node, but this is one of three of our triple- (and occasionally quadruple-) podded cultivars (number of pods growing at each node).

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Triple Treat

Triple Treat is similar to Triplet but later and heavier yielding. Most pea varieties are double-podded, i.e. having two pods growing at each node, but this is one of three of our triple- (and occasionally quadruple) podded cultivars (number of pods growing at each node).

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Homesteader

The best all-round variety for the home garden is Homesteader. It is mid-season in maturity and heavy yielding. Flavour is excellent but it gets mildew badly toward the end of the season.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00, $11.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams, 125 grams, 500 grams
Green Arrow

Green Arrow is slightly earlier, has long pods and is mildew resistant, but its flavour is not as good.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Bounty

Bounty is similar in maturity to Green Arrow. Its pods are about as long as those of homesteader, and it has mildew resistance. Yield and flavour are good.

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Price(s): $3.00, $5.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams, 125 grams
Champion of England

Champion of England (1843) is mid-season with fairly long pods containing 8-10 peas. Plants around 3’ tall.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Ne Plus Ultra

Ne Plus Ultra probably dates back to the 1840’s. The tall vines produce delicious sweet peas in long pods.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Spanish Skyscraper

Our latest pea is Spanish Skyscraper which grows 5 to 6 feet tall. The pods are short, the peas large, and the yield is heavy.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
Petit Provençal

Petit Provençal is a petit pois type from France. This early variety should be harvested young for best flavour and sweetness.

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Price(s): $3.00
Packet Size(s): 50 grams
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