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Champion of England Pea

SKU: 1524-P75

Item Details

An historic variety originally introduced in the 1840s, this heirloom strain is from the family of Robert Woodbridge brought to Seed Savers Exchange by Ben Gabel and Kate McEvoy. Robert’s grandmother got the seed “from the head gardener at a big country house during the war” and grew it in her garden in the village of Pickworth, Lincolnshire, England. A traditional tall pea that reaches heights of 10 feet—a great return for a small space. Eight to ten peas per pod.

  • 60-75 days
  • ±2,000 seeds/lb
  • Conventional
  • Shelling pea
  • Vines grow to 10 feet
  • Each pod has 8-10 seeds

This variety works for:

  • Fresh eating
  • Roasting
  • Soups
  • Freezing

SSE's current stock of the 'Champion of England' pea tested at a 73% germination rate. This is below the federal germination rate standard (80%) and has been over-packed by 25% of the stated quantity.

Growing Instructions

Instructions - Peas thrive in cool weather. Sow seeds outdoors as soon as soil can be worked in spring. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Double rows of peas can be planted on each side of a trellis.

  • Direct Seed: 2-3" Apart
  • Seed Depth: 1/2-1"
  • Rows Apart: 24"
  • Support: Trellis


Peas can be eaten fresh and tossed with mixed greens or added to stir-fries.

Try roasting your peas and dipping the pods in a peanut-sesame dipping sauce. You can also roast them with potatoes and carrots and toss with olive oil, garlic, and herbs.

Fresh peas are an excellent addition to pasta in cream sauce with asparagus and mushrooms. Peas pair well with mint, feta or goat cheese, toasted nuts, and parmesan.

Fresh peas can be used in spring soups with watercress, mint, asparagus, or parsley.

Ratings & Reviews

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Tall plants produced easily


These peas were a hit. They were easy growers and produced well. The flavor was excellent and I really enjoyed cooking with them. Because it is very windy here in Oklahoma City, zone 7a, they needed to be tied to the trellis at a few points, but I enjoyed how tall they grew. They topped out at around 6 feet, but I got them in the ground late. I think they would easily go taller had I started them sooner. We saved about 30 seeds to plant in the fall. I am excited to grow them again soon!

Buy the big bag, these are amazing!


Prolific, peas by the bucket full, they were so good we just ate all of them fresh, huge hit with our kids. Grows exceptionally well even in part shade. Climbed 10ft in our Seattle yard garden.

Little green globes of goodness!


These are amazing! They grew in the awful heat of SC. They are prolific and sweet. Perfect peas.