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King Tut Purple Pea
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  • King Tut Purple Pea
  • King Tut Purple Pea
  • King Tut Purple Pea
  • King Tut Purple Pea

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King Tut Purple Pea (25 seeds) (GP114) $4.00

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King Tut Purple Pea

         
 
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A very rare and amazing garden pea! One of the most historical peas known, this particular variety is said to have been taken out of the tomb of famed Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun, or King Tut. The story is that his servants planted and harvested these peas to help provide for his afterlife. Though some claim to have debunked the story, Lynn McKee’s family tradition asserts that her father received the seeds found in the boy King’s tomb where they had been undisturbed for nearly 5,000 years until Howard Carter found the tomb on Nov. 4, 1922. From there, as the legend goes, the seeds were taken to England where they were propagated and shared with friends. “The conditions within Egyptian pyramids are very dry and would permit seed longevity in certain species to extend to thousands of years,” one document said. Some claim though, it is likely the seeds originated in early 20th century English gardens. The Fortean Times says “It is sometimes said that Tutankhamen’s Pea originated on the country estate of Lord Caernarvon, who financed Howard Carter’s search for King Tut’s resting place and was subsequently named in honor of Caernarvon’s claim to fame, rather than the plant’s origin.” As an interesting turn to the story, we located the seed and found the story from Japanese seed collectors during our travels there. Stunning fuschia purple flowers give way to tasty, fat purple pods on strong and vigorous plants that love cool weather. This variety has proven highly productive and makes a delicious soup pea, or picked young as a purple snow pea. Try this piece of living history in your garden!
 
King Tut Purple Pea
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

88.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
John
Location:
Spokane, WA, United States
Date:
August 10, 2018
          3.0
 
A shelling pea
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful

What are the cons? pods got tough too quickly

Review:

Definitely a shelling pea. Pea flavor is good, but it's not a sugar pea. The pods became too tough to eat early on, but once the pod was plump, the peas shelled out easily, so that's how we ate them. They didn't handle my heat well, either. Recommend them as an early planting and plan on putting something else in their garden space once the heat wilts the vines. Definitely an eye catcher early on.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
adrienne
Location:
sunrise, MN, United States
Date:
July 19, 2018
          2.0
 
Pretty but tough
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, pretty

What are the cons? Tough

Review:

Vigorous, 3-4' tall vines. Quantity of pods was not all that impressive - only 4-5 pods per vine. Flowers and pods were a beautiful, deep violet - stark contrast made harvesting easy. However, taste was a bummer. Pods were tough, even when harvested early, and less sweet than usual snow pea varieties. Fun to grow for a season, but glad I had other varieties planted for eating. Won't be doing these again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Weasel
Location:
Elma, WA, United States
Date:
June 30, 2018
          5.0
 
Beautiful blossoms prolific
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? blooms, yield, grows fast

What are the cons? not great snaps

Review:

These peas grew very well in my dank PNW climate. The pink and purple blossoms are so pretty, and they attract bees and hummingbirds. The vines shot up quickly, and are coated in pods. I was not a huge fan of the flavor of the snaps, but, full disclosure, I am not such a huge fan of the flavor of peas in general. I just enjoy growing them! These vines are so attractive and hardy I'll grow them every year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Riz
Location:
Bothell, WA, United States
Date:
June 12, 2018
          3.0
 
Attractive as an ornamental
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful pods and healthy

What are the cons? Very tough and stringy pods

Review:

Love the story and history behind it and it’s a beautiful plant overall, but the pods were quite tough to eat even as young pods and fully matured pods didn’t have an appealing flavor.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Me
Location:
NW, OH, United States
Date:
June 8, 2018
          5.0
 
A terrific pea
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Everything

What are the cons? Nothing

Review:

The flower on this pea is gorgeous and the pea is terrific. Wonderful taste. Getting another packet to plant in the late summer. Have to have this pea.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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