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Growing My Way to Freedom #40: Asparagus Pea (Tetragonolobus Purpureus)

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Blog entry by Radicalfarmergal posted 06-19-2013 11:32 PM 1574 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 39: 2013 Planting Schedule Part 40 of Growing My Way to Freedom series Part 41: Fruit from the Gardens on the Summer Solstice »

One of my experiments this year is the asparagus pea. Pinetree described the plant as such: ”...12 to 18 inch tall plant with pea-like foliage is covered with interesting little winged pods. They are best harvested at about an inch in length and are delicious steamed or stir fried. The whole plant, roots, shoots, and pods are edible. Bright red flowers make it quite ornamental as well.” Intrigued I ordered seeds and started them inside. When they were a few inches long, I transplanted them next to some tomato plants.

Today I photographed one of the flowers. Now that it is blooming, I will have to pay attention to the pods. So far I haven’t eaten any part of the plants because they still seem so small. If I eat some, there won’t be much left!

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout



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daltxguy

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posted 06-19-2013 11:59 PM

Big name for a small plant!
It’s a pretty flower anyway, if not much food at the moment.

-- Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves. - Thoreau

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Harold and Pam

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posted 06-20-2013 01:57 AM

I guess you’d just have to nibble at it!!

Look forward to hear how it develops for you.

-- Pam grows 'em - I cook 'em...... Melbourne, Fl

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-20-2013 09:22 AM

as an ornamental – two thumbs up, so already a worthy investment.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-21-2013 01:02 AM

I am hoping the plant growth will really kick in now that summer is here. I will let you know how it tastes after my first nibbles. : )

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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Radicalfarmergal

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posted 06-27-2013 01:35 AM

I harvested two little pods this morning. Several more are forming on different plants but they are still very small. My harvest (photo below) seemed too small to justify steaming or stir-frying them so I just ate them fresh from the garden. They had an okay taste but not one that deserves lots of pampering. If they will self-sow, they are welcome to grow in my garden and I will eat them; if I have to start them in the house each winter to get a harvest, I don’t think the beauty, taste and quantity justifies the time and energy required to grow them in my climate.

-- "...I have nothing against authorities as such; I am only in favor of putting a question mark after just about everything they say." Ruth Stout

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MsDebbieP

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posted 06-27-2013 01:10 PM

well they are interesting, aren’t they!! A great experiment. ... now to see if they self-sow. What a wonderful addition to your garden if they do.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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