How Many Peas? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by pwam
January 29, 2000
How many different varieties of peas are there? Thomas Jefferson grew over 20 different kinds.

Answer from NGA
January 29, 2000
According to "Cornucopia II: A Sourcebook of Edible Plants" (ISBN# 0-9628087-2-5) published in 1998, there are 39 varieties of "common" garden peas, 8 varieties of "petit pois", 16 varieties of snow pea, 14 varieties of snap pea, 13 varieties of field (or soup) peas, and 2 varieties grown for their delectable shoots. I don't know if this is ALL the peas available, but I think it's a fair reckoning of what was available on the market around 1998. There are no doubt other varieties available internationally, and others still that are part of "seed-saving" tradition that aren't on the market. And new ones are always being produced. Hope this helps!

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