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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) $4.50

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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: 16
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5

87.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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Nickname:
Koro2013
Location:
Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Date:
July 25, 2019
          5.0
 
Love these
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Very prolific, great taste

What are the cons? None

Review:

This is my second year growing these from seeds I saved from last year's crop. I planted them straight into the garden in mid April with an almost 100% germination rate. They grow fast and I have been enjoying peas for the last two weeks now. Taste amazing straight off the vine or cooked in stews, risotto etc. These will definitely become a staple in my garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
melmarias
Location:
osakis, MN, United States
Date:
July 21, 2019
          4.0
 
Give it a try
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? easy to find among the green

What are the cons? not best pea for canning

Review:

Overall I enjoyed this pea and will grow again for a few reasons. It grew as tall as the alderman peas we always plant and it produced just as many pods. Picking was so easy with the purple pods. The taste was a winner with my Dad because he loved it in creamed peas on toast. However I would only recommend freezing this pea for winter usage. It turned an unappealing rust color due to the purple color present in the plant. It may be a green pea but the purple comes out in the canning process. Didn't have trouble with tough peas but they are definitely not round; block-like really. Had a rough start this spring with weather but that wasn't the peas fault!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Aame2012
Location:
Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Date:
July 1, 2019
          5.0
 
Best Peas for Fresh Eating
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Sweet, prolific

What are the cons? None

Review:

We love these! Got these for my 5 year old daughter to eat fresh. She LOVES them! Very sweet she said. (I don't eat peas, so I wouldn't know) They grow well neglected, evening sun only, low watering. These are on a 4' black iron trellis. We planted 6, waited 3 weeks, planted 6 more. Getting ready for the next set of 6 now. I have these beside my Magnolia Tendril and these are doing WAY better than those (Magnolia is practically dead, have tried 3 rounds so far and not growing more than about 6" before dying). These will be in our garden every year!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
atania
Location:
spokane, WA, United States
Date:
June 18, 2019
          5.0
 
beautiful flowers
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Striking flowers and pea pods

What are the cons? Nothing really

Review:

Zone 6 here - I started the king tuts and 3 other varieties indoors the end of February, grow lights, no heat. All varieties grew quickly. At four weeks it seemed early as it was still very cold out, but as they were getting tall I went ahead and transplanted right on the spring equinox. The peas get full morning sun, shade most of the afternoon. By the end of May the King Tut vines were 2-3 feet tall with the most beautiful flowers - light and dark pink. I think I would grow them for just the flowers! It is now mid-June, the vines are close to 6 feet. All the peas are doing well but the King Tut are the most eye catching with dark purple pods, and the vines are loaded. Let them get plump then shell them. I've eaten most right out of hand or lightly cooked, delicious pea flavor. It is getting close to 90, I don't know how well they will do in the heat.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 10 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tracie
Location:
Kent, WA, United States
Date:
February 2, 2019
          5.0
 
Delicious
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow, fruits for weeks

What are the cons? nothing, really

Review:

Once they took off around May, these vines grew to enormous sizes with tons of pretty pink flowers. I kept getting nice, big pea pods until mid-July and even into August. They weren't even given the best of homes; I put them in a decades-old half a wine barrel with old dirt in it and they did great! Nice, fat little peas perfect for soup and pea rice, or just eating right from the shell.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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