So one storage crop is now safely gathered in, my soup peas!
Now I'll level with you, I've not grown these or used them for cooking before but I thought they sounded interesting so I hope they taste good!
They grew amazingly well (and looked beautiful), but in this country we never have quiet enough dry weather to dry them on the plant outside so instead I picked all the pods and put them on some drying racks I'd made. If I had more inside space I could have picked the whole plants and hung them up.
After about three weeks they'd dried out so all the pods were crisp and easy to break.
My wife and I sat and podded all the peas whilst the girls were preparing some french beans for the freezer. Not a bad job outside on the patio in the sunshine.
Although not the most impressive haul, we harvested about 2kg (4lb ish) of dried peas from a 10ft by 30" bed, I could have also sown them a little thicker if I wanted as well.
Who else grows peas for drying?
How do you use them?