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King Tut Purple Pea
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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:
         
4.5
 
 
Number of Reviews: 6
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.0

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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

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

0 out of 0 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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Nickname:
jessi
Location:
lafayette, LA, United States
Date:
May 30, 2018
          5.0
 
My favorite pea
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? healthy, beautiful

What are the cons? fast to wilt

Review:

I love these peas. The picture on the listing doesn't do them justice. They are beautiful plants. The flowers are a very pretty dark and light purple and the pods start out almost black and turn lighter and lighter as maturing. These plants did very well in the unusual cold nights and hold on until the heat index hit 95. Next year I may plant a few in my front yard as well. That's how pretty they are. Other types I have tried worked ok but these are by far the most hardy and productive. You must prep for storage or cook immediately after picking.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Kindred Acres
Location:
Clayton, NC, United States
Date:
May 29, 2018
          3.0
 
Pretty but not so tasty
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Pretty

What are the cons? taste

Review:

I'm not a fan of the flavor of these peas. I tried them very young and the pods are tough and the taste is odd and starchy. I then let them get big and fat and shelled them to make a soup. It is better that way for sure but still not my favorite. I'd likely grow them again just for the beauty of them and the novelty of it all but not my favorite pea for eating. Also, they had a short growing season here in the Raleigh area of NC. They didn't do much once the spring heat hit.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Pepper
Location:
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Date:
May 16, 2018
          5.0
 
King of the Peas
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Beautiful flowers.

What are the cons? None

Review:

Once these peas got to 4 feet they starting growing at a record pace. Strong stems, large leaves and stunning flowers. Cant wait to plant another crop in the fall.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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