This year I wanted to have some extra fun in the garden by growing a purple pea. The particular variety I have been growing is Desiree Dwarf Blauwaschokkers (say that one five times fast!). It is a shelling pea that is more starchy for soups, however also can be eaten as a small snow pea. You can buy the variety I grew from Baker Creek also sold by Seed Savers Exchange. Johnny’s Selected Seeds carries the Shiraz variety.
What is really unique about growing these peas is the flowers themselves. They are absolutely stunning with two colors of purple. It would be worth growing the peas just to enjoy their flowers. The flowers may not stay long but they put on a show while they are here!
Do Purple Peas Taste Different
No. They just look different. You can trick yourself into thinking they taste different as we do in fact partly eat with your eyes!
Do Purple Peas Fade When Cooked?
Ever had purple asparagus or purple beans? In both case you were probably disappointed when the brilliant purple vanished away when you brought any kind of heat to them. So are these peas the same way? Take a look at this picture:
These peas have been sauteed in a little bit of oil and some salt (see recipe below), and the color has actually darken some! They are almost black. These peas would make an excellent choice to add color to your next stir fry.
Let me leave you with 3 Reasons to Grow Purple Peas in your garden!
1. They are fun. My kids get a kick out of seeing a purple pea instead of a green one.
2. They are easy to spot. They stand out a lot more when you are trying to harvest them. A time saver!
3. They are beautiful. As you have already seen the flowers themselves are worth growing purple peas.
- 1 lb purple or green tender snow peas
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seed oil
- 1 teaspoon wildflower honey
- kosher salt to taste
- Set a frying pan over high heat.
- Add 1 tablespoon of oil.
- Once the pan start to sizzle, add the peas and kosher salt to taste.
- Cook until the peas darken and take on some carmelization about 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat. Add honey. Serve immediately.