My purple podded Capucijner pea harvest is done. These are a Dutch soup pea that has been very lovely to grow this year with their bright pink flowers, 6-8 foot vines, and of course purple pods. The peas dried nicely in their pods as the vines turned yellow and dried also. I let most of the peas dry completely in their shells on the vines, but some I picked fully ripe but not dry and let dry inside in an open bowl. The bowl photo above has a mix of peas picked at varying times – from well dried peas picked a couple weeks ago to a few recently shelled peas that are still a bit green.
I have collected just shy of one cup of peas from the original 32 pea seeds I planted this spring. I figure that next year I have room for about 4 or 5 times that number of Capucijners, so I should save about 150 seeds. That’s about a third of my harvest.
Since I am very curious to taste these peas, I will find a recipe and make soup with the remaining half a cup of peas. My dad keeps asking me when he will get to try some! If anyone has a good recipe to share, please let me know.