Fearing Burr, in Field and Garden Vegetables of America (1863), wrote that the Champion of England Pea originated in England by William Fairbeard in 1843; and observed: “It is … one of the most valuable acquisitions which have been obtained for many years, being remarkably tender and sugary, and in all respects, of first rate excellence.”
Native Distribution: Southern Europe
This English, or shelling, pea produces heavy crops, with 8-10 peas per pod, and prefers cool, moist conditions. Direct sow the seeds in fertile garden loam 4-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Monticello gardeners support the twining vines with tall branches, or “pea sticks.” Approximately 15-20 Champion of England Pea seeds per packet.
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