Friday, February 24

New for 2017 - part 7 mushy peas

We like mushy peas, especially served with fish and chips so when Martyn noticed a variety of peas that claimed to be, the premier 'marrowfat' variety ideal for making ever-popular mushy peas, he couldn't resist adding a packet of the appropriately named Maro, to our seed list.
Although the peas can be eaten when young they will taste less sweet so we had better not mix them up. As well as for making mushy peas the dried peas can be added to stews and casseroles, I'm assuming that the dried peas will keep in a jar - anyone any advice ?

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  1. I dare not offer any advice on growing peas! I can't think of any reason why they would NOT store OK in a jar when dried though.

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    1. I must admit I am always a bit nervous about storing dried beans so I hope peas haven't the dame potential problem, Mark

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  2. Never heard of mushy peas before. Interesting!

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    1. Maybe they haven't made it to the US, Sue

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  3. They're interesting, looking forward to hearing how you get on with them. I do love mushy peas with fish and chips and also pie and peas with mint sauce too.

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    1. We'll be sure to report back, Jo

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  4. Hi Sue, I had no idea that there are mushy pea varieties out there. I thought you get them by slightly overcooking them. Definitively learned something new!
    Good luck with the pea seeds!
    Warm regards,
    Christina

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    1. Hi Christina and welcome. Mushy peas are made from dried peas that have been soaked overnight and then cooked for a long time. Some recipes mash up ordinary peas but it isn't the same.

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  5. I was of the same mind as Christina - I didn't realize that you used dried peas either. I can't see that you would have any issues keeping the peas in a jar so long as they are thoroughly dried out. I've kept homegrown dried beans in jars for over a year and they do just fine so I'm assuming peas would be the same.

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Pea purée is similar and made from fresh peas which are blended but the taste is different from mushy peas.

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  6. This reminds me, my parents use to buy boxes of dried peas to add to stews during the winter. They also use to plant some of them in the spring.

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    1. We have grown peas shoots from bought dried peas, Brian.

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  7. Good to know that peas has amazing health benefits!
    I really like to eat green peas!
    Happy Sunday, dear friend !

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  8. I have just come across your blog…very interesting.

    I have a plot in Oxford growing veg and fruit. I am full of white fly and not sure how to deal with them at this time of the year. In the growing season, it seems much easer because they are on the plants and can be dealt with but this time of the year they seem to be all over the place.

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    1. Welcome, Richard This year we used lots of enviromesh on crops that are usually badly affected - mainly brassicas and it seems to have helped

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