The Q&A Archives: Are Sweetpea Shoots Edible?

Question: I read somewhere that flowering sweetpeas sprouts are edible. I was always under the impression that the flowering sweetpea seeds are poisonous, so I was a little surprised when they said that sweetpea sprouts. Is this true? (Asians eat the young tips with the tendrils portion of snowpeas . . . this is what lead me to ask.)

Answer: I agree, there is some confusion here. Snow pea and snap pea shoots and tendrils are edible, but sweetpea sprouts are not. Garden peas are Pisum sativum and sweetpeas are Lathyrus odoratus. While they're both members of the Legume family, that's the end of their common bond. No part of the sweetpea plant is edible.

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