One of the most exciting things going on in my pea garden this year has to be my hyper tendril peas. I am so excited to try out peas with a different growth habit. Instead of some of the leaves, the peas will produce more tendrils. The two varieties I am going to highlight in this post are the Spring Blush Tendril pea and Magnolia Blossom Tendril pea.
I could tell right from the get go something was different about these peas. Check out these photos when the peas were just starting to grow.
Don’t just take my word for it, on how cool these hypertendril varieties are. Here is a video of my daughters sharing their thoughts on them, particularly the Spring Blush variety –
Look at all those tendrils. Best part about them is that you can harvest them and eat them. I wasn’t sure how to harvest them, so I contact the man who is responsible for breeding this varieties, Dr. Alan Kapular. I was very impressed how fast he got back to me. He said you can harvest some of the hypertendrils without having an impact on the pea production, particularly if you are soil is fertile. He recommends eating the tendrils when they are young. Based on the advice he game me I am going to experiment for myself and harvest a little bit at a time and see how the plants do. I want to find that perfect balance between being able to enjoy the tendrils and getting a significant crop of peas. Stay tuned for more updates!
I want to extend a huge thanks to Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for providing these exciting varieties in their catalog this year. And an even bigger thank you to Dr. Alan Kapular for developing these new varieties and sharing them with the world.