In England, pea seeds became an absolute staple, and plant breeders developed several genetic lines to bring out sweetness, or to enhance their other characteristics. Some cultivars were developed as shelling pea seeds, which are removed from the pod prior to eating, and others were grown as snap peas, for pods that are eaten whole, with the immature peas still inside. The French term for snap peas is mange-touts, or “eat it all.” Eventually the popularity of peas spread to North America, where breeding continued. Thomas Jefferson grew as many as 30 different pea varieties on his estate at Monticello!
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we do business.
To help us better serve you and keep our team safe, some of our garden tools and accessories will be unavailable at times throughout the growing season. We encourage you to support your locally owned garden centre to purchase these products.
As always, we are committed to providing gardeners and farmers with the best service possible. While we work hard to minimize shipping delays, due to current conditions, at times these may be unavoidable.