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Pea 'Shiraz' (Mangetout)

Pisum sativum, Snow Pea

Hardy Annual

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From British breeding, this is the first commercially grown purple variety! The attractive bicoloured flowers of Mangetout Pea 'Shiraz' form stunning flat, purple pods that are best harvested young and eaten raw, steamed or added to stir frys. The purple pods are rich in healthy anthocyanin (antioxidant) pigment, although the colour will fade to dark green when pods are steamed or boiled. With powdery mildew resistance and good tolerance to downy mildew, this superb variety makes a handsome addition to the vegetable plot or containers on the patio. Height: 100cm (39"). Spread: 25cm (10").

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How to grow peas

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August
Sowing Months:
March, April, May, June, July
full sun
    • 1 packet (100 pea seeds)

    • Despatch: by Monday
    • £3.69
Direct sow Mangetout peas outdoors from March to June, once the soil as warmed. Choose a weed-free position on moist, fertile, well drained soil in full sun. Sow Mangetout seed in flat bottomed drills at a distance of 5cm (2") apart, and 4cm (1½") deep. Allow a distance of 75cm (30") between rows. For successional crops, sow Mangetout peas every 10 days.
Support Mangetout plants with twiggy sticks, wire or netting as they grow, and use fine netting to protect pea crops from birds and pea moth damage. When growing Mangetout peas, regular and thorough watering especially when in flower will improve crop yields. Harvest edible podded peas around 12-13 weeks after sowing just as the peas inside start to form. Regular picking will encourage further cropping.
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  1. Growing in USA in low desert

    By Sandra Smith 14-01-2017

    So far, great. They were planted as a Winter crop last Fall and are producing their first pods in mid Jan., the same as the Oregon Sugar Peas. So far, no powdery mildew. If they taste as great as they grow, then they'll be a regular part of our cool weather plantings. Our climate: light frosts at night Dec 15th through Jan 15th. Daytimes: 50 degrees to 80F. Plant peas when it's warm enough to sprout. Everything takes a nap in Dec. Typically, Sept 15th to Nov 15th, I companion plant peas, turnips, and parsley seeds in parallel rows. Jan harvest is delightful after the rich foods of the holidays. Replant during a warm spell in January. I struggle with powdery mildew on peas in general. So, I put out sticky yellow traps that catch fungus gnats. Fresh bags of compost can be the reason my peas had so many issues, as it hosts the gnats. So, mulch well before planting, or use older compost. Hope it helps or inspires someone to extend their harvests.


    Thank you very much for your review. I am very pleased that you have so far been happy with your purchase and thank you so much for taking the time to let us know. Thank you also for sharing so much information regarding your growing environment. I'm sure it will inspire a fellow gardener! I hope we can continue to be of service to you in the future.

  2. Mangetout Shiraz

    By margaret richards 28-08-2015

    I have grown them for the first time this year and will definitely grow them again next year. They produce so many pods - is it possible to freeze the excess and how would I do that, please?


    Thank you for your review. I am glad to hear that you have been happy with the results. You can easily freeze the mangetout. Most people blanche the pods before freezing them but you are able to leave them as they are. If there is anything further we can help with, you are welcome to contact us at

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