Earthnut Pea

Lathyrus tuberosus

In addition to being a very cute plant with a tiny sweet pink pea flower, earth-nut pea also has an edible root which can be eaten cooked or raw. Tasting somewhat like a sweet potato, it is delicious when baked! In the 16th century flowers of the plant were also distilled to produce perfume. Grow earth-nut pea as a tasty treat, not as a staple crop.

Water: Moderate to Moist

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: A small, nitrogen fixing, climbing perennial growing to 4’ tall

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Soil: Sandy loam or clay. Does well in soils where other crops fail to grow, due to being adapted to a broad range of conditions

Origin: Moist temperate regions of Europe and Western Asia

Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower?, Nitrogen Fixer?

Earthnut Pea