Growing Asparagus Peas in the Vegetable Garden
These plants, the asparagus peas, are in fact, neither a pea nor an asparagus, although they belong to the pea family and their young, winged pods have a flavour resembling that of asparagus. With its mass of crimson pea-shaped, the asparagus pea plant makes an attractive addition to the front of a border or small plot.
The plant prefers a sunny position and will grow in most soils except heavy clays, which should be lightened with sharp sand. Sow the seeds about 75 mm (3 in) apart and at a depth of about 12 mm (½ in); keep theweed-free and water it regularly during dry spells The plants may grow about 400 mm (16 in) high and will look neater if supported with sticks and string.
The plants are harvested from late summer onward. Asparagus peas are often heavy coppers; the pods, which are eaten whole, should be picked when they are about 20-30 mm (3/4 – 1-1/4in) long; older pods tend to be tough.
Pests and diseases are rarely a trouble.
Site: Preferably sunny
Sow: From late spring
Harvest: Late summer onwards