Winter Field Peas
Hardy peas for cover cropping and dry use. "Soup peas" have been a major winter food in Europe for centuries, but now the leaves have found a new use as a winter salad ingredient. Very expensive at the grocery store, but easy and high-yielding at home. Just cut the last 4" or so of the growing vines, and use for salad and light cooking. Wonderful sweet pea flavor. Can be mixed with other cover crop seeds like wheat (which helps keep them off the ground). If you plan to harvest the dry peas for soup, you should plant them alone or with grains, but not with vetch, as the seeds of pea and vetch are hard to separate. Sow thickly one month before first frost.