Garden Pea

(Lycopersicon esculentum )

A popular crimson red medium tomato with great taste that tolerates low night temperatures, so it is ideal for cooler area. A Russian heirloom that is an early producer. A tough and vigorous producer that needs staking.

An attractive cultivar medium sized, scarlet red fruit that is full of flavour. Tolerant of cool night temperatures and ideal for cool climate gardens

Flavours/Food Partners

A rich flavored tomato that partners well with Latin herbs like garlic, oregano, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Use with any good salad vegetable, Nasturtium flowers and mixed fresh herbs to make an attractive and tasty salad.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

Like all tomatoes, Red Russian is high in the cancer fighting agent, Lycopene and also Vitamin C. For a classic rich sauce cook and mix with garlic, marjoram, sweet basil, diced shallots, and fresh pizza thyme. Finely dice, mix finely chopped shallots, fresh pesto basil and extra virgin olive oil and place on lightly toasted Turkish bread then top with an anchovie for a special homemade bruschetta.

Landscaping/Planting

Plant in an airy, sunny position in well drained soil or very large pots. Requires a 1.1 to 1.4 m stake.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Like all tomatoes it must receive a deep soaking when almost dry and should not receive overhead watering. Feed regularly with Seasol and Powerfeed. A small amount of dolomite lime after planting will make stronger plants. Remove side shoots and develop two or three main leaders. Harvest when fruit is full color

Herb Attributes

Position Full Sun
Height 1.2m
Width 50cm
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Description

(Pisum sativum)

A classic green vegetable that is one of the earliest known cultivated plants dating to 10,000 years BC. The humble garden pea has found its way into almost all world cuisines. It is an easy to grow bush/climber that is easy to harvest and stores well.

Flavours/Food Partners

Garden peas come in thick rounded pots that aren’t usually eaten. The sweet, soft peas are stripped from inside the pods and can be eaten raw, dried, frozen and used in a broad range of dishes. They partner well with garlic, coriander, onion, tomato, carrots and of course don’t forget the mint.

Health/Cooking/Medicinal

They are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and are a good source of vitamins B6, A, C, as well as folate, potassium and iron meaning they are of benefit to the immune system. A cup of cooked snow peas contains only 100 calories with 25% being protein. Can be eaten raw in salads or steamed or stir fried for Asian dishes. Best way is steamed and served with some fresh mint and a dob of butter.

Landscaping/Planting

All peas prefer a well limed free draining soil in full sun to part shade. Climbing and shrub forms both need some form of support or trellising.

Cultivation/Fertiliser

Remove unused pods to extend production. After harvesting dig the roots through the soil to boost nitrogen levels. Regular applications of Seasol and PowerFeed will keep the plant healthy and producing well.

Herb Attributes

Position PART TO FULL SUN, LIGHT FROST
Height 1.5M
Width 60CM