Growing Asparagus Peas in the Vegetable Garden

asparagus pea

Asparagus Pea

Tetragonolobus purpureus

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 flowers, 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 the soil weed-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.

asparagus peas 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

Soil: Moist

Sow: From late spring

Harvest: Late summer onwards

18. October 2010 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Fruit & Veg, Kitchen Garden, Legumes | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Growing Asparagus Peas in the Vegetable Garden


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