Florentine Cicerchia Grass Pea
Florentine Cicerchia aka Blue Sweet Pea/Grass Pea/Chickling Vetch (Lathyrus Sativus)
Cerchia / Almorta (IF you can find them) are very expensive despite being easy to grow. It produces a beautiful blue flower.
The plant is pretty robust and doesn't require staking unless you live in a particularly windy area say, on the coast or the downs. Sow 40-50cm between rows. Number of seeds per gram varies from 3-5 and each pod can contain anything from between 2-5.
These are food grade seeds but we recommend this variety as an ornamental. The dried seeds are considered a delicacy in the Mediterranean and they have a unique earthy flavour. WARNING – they must be eaten in small quantities as they contain a neurotoxin which can cause health problems if consumed as a main source of nutrients over an extended period of time. We eat them at home occasionally and they are delicious.
This is why they are only available dried and even then after soaking for 24 hours, the soaking water must be disposed of before cooking. £3.99 per packet