Heirloom Pea varieties
hello all, this year besides growing my usual snap and snow peas I decided to grow some heirloom pea varieties and was shocked by the fact that ther was so few offered by most seed companies, even those that sell mostly OP and Heirloom vegetables. At most they just offered maybe five or six varieties of the English Garden or shelling Peas compaired to about 10 varieties of the snap or snow pea which is still very little compaired to the amount of heirloom Bean varieties. I guess that here in the US very few people are interested in growing OP and or heirloom peas. What I have found it that in the family alone their are over 4,200 types of Pisum sativum alone not counting the other species and subspecies of the pea family.
I just can't believe that there isn't any seed company here in the US that handles a large amount of pea varieties, while in Europe and England where the Pea is still held in great esteem in the garden and there are still a few seed companies that have a good number of garden peas, sadly the the ones I found do not ship to the US, although I did find one, B&T world seeds that offered several heirloom varieties but they wanted me to buy by the pound and I just don't need that many peas of one or two types let alone several varieties that I would like to find and the cost of shipping... Well you can guess what the cost would be to have 6 or 7 pounds of pea seeds shipped from France to the US. So What I would like to know is there any one in the US or for that matter any where else that collects heirloom garden peas and would be willing to share a few? I did get a offer awhile back from a person that had some seeds from a variety called Purple Passion Pea (Pisum sativum) but even though I have emailed him a few times, I have not heard back from him. So I'm hoping to find that variety and one called Mummy white for starters, then I would like to find some others like King Tut, Spring Blush, Blue Prussian, World record and Spanish Morroto just to name a few. Spring Blush is high on my list as it is supposed to have red or pink blushed pods. A lot of these have wonder colored flowers that equil or surpass the Sweet Pea that is grown for its many colored flowers, but is quite poisonous to eat. If anyone has a few varieties or just a few seeds to share from one of the peas I'm looking for, it would be really great as it would at least give me a starting point. I can be reached at my yahoo addy- georgew 79 at yahoo dot com. Thanks and I hope every one has a great 2010 season.