Sweet pea, everlasting pea, vetchlings, singletary pea
TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES
- Annual or perennial, herbaceous vines with winged stem;
leaves alternate, pinnately divided, each with 2 or more leaflets and a
terminal tendril; flowers pea-like in elongated clusters, pink; fruit a
- Eurasia , USA, and elsewhere.
- Forest or natural areas native in low woods, bottomlands;
weedy in disturbed areas, escaped along roadsides, in waste places, fields;
landscape cultivated in flower gardens as perennial or annual herbaceous
- "Lathyrism": paralysis, slow and weak pulse,
shallow breathing, convulsions.
- EDIBLE PARTS: Peas and very young pods HARVEST TIME:
Only collect peas and young pods from areas you know have NOT been treated
with pesticides. Collect young pods in early summer and peas slightly later.
SAFE HANDLING PROCEDURES: Soak peas and young pods in warm water to remove
dirt and debris. Do not use dish detergent or any type of sanitizer. These
products can leave a residue. Boil in salted water with a dash of sugar.
Cook until bright green and tender. Or, stir fry young pods with other
vegetables . SOURCE: Crowhurst, A. The Weed Cookbook. Lancer Books, New
York. 190 pp.
- Amine, phenol, and glycoside.
- TOXIC ONLY IF LARGE QUANTITIES EATEN.
"Poisonous Plants of North Carolina,"
Dr. Alice B. Russell, Department of Horticultural Science; Dr. James
W. Hardin, Botany; Dr. Larry Grand, Plant Pathology; and Dr. Angela Fraser,
Family and Consumer Sciences; North Carolina State University. All
Pictures Copyright @1997Alice B. Russell, James W. Hardin, Larry Grand.
Computer programming, Miguel A. Buendia; graphics, Brad Capel.
Disclaimer: The list of poisonous plants on this web site does
not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known, or that might
be found in an urban landscape or home. North Carolina State University
does not advise eating any of the plants included in this web site. The
information concerning edibility is taken from the literature, and the
degree of reliability is unknown. We discourage the use of any of these
plants for self medication. In cases of accidental exposure or ingestion,
contact the Poison Control Center 1-800-222-1222.
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