Pea

Pisum sativum

preview hoep 00020 pisum sativum erbsePeas have been cultivated by humans for at least 10 000 years. The oldest findings date back from the Neolithic Age and are about 8 000 years old. During this time, probably the first cultivated forms developed. When agriculture became a major factor in Central Europe, peas became more and more important, in fact, it developed, together with lentils, into a staple food for humans.

Whenever children are exposed to first gardening experiences, it should not be done without growing peas – in particular those with a good taste of course , i.e. sugar peas. On a sunny spot with fine crumbling, not overly nutrient-rich and deep soil, success is almost inevitable.

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