This pea was widely cultivated in the 1800’s, also known as Sangsters No. 1. An article in the New York Times
1881 describes bushels being sold every spring on both sides of the Atlantic. There is even a drawing of this pea
and others by Charles Darwin in 1898. It has been given a new lease of life on repatriation to us from the Vavilov Russian gene bank. A tall vine, with prolific quantities of pods full of sweet peas, best eaten while young. Good disease resistance. The peas can also be left to mature and dry off to be used as a soup pea in winter.