Title Info
Common name Peas
Scientific name Pisum sativum var. sativum
Taxonomic group Fabaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Economic botany Food plants
Food plants Legumes
Keywords Leguminosae
Peas, <i>Pisum sativum</i>, in fruit and flower
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Pea. Originally grown in the Fertile Crescent and the eastern Mediterranean about 10,000 years ago. Peas were originally eaten as a dried bean, only being eaten as a green vegetable about 500 years ago in Europe. Gregor Mendel performed his original genetic experiments on garden peas.