Re: [pfaf] Lathyrus tuberosus
I've been growing this plant for a number of years - it seems to do well here in Cornwall, SW England but only produces a few black skinned tubers each year. It does not have carrot like roots. It really is a delicious tasting root (it is my description from the database that you quoted) but is very low yielding. It almost certainly merits further investigation to see if the yields can be improved.
I've just looked at the plants I have growing here - they flowered well this year but do not seem to have set seed. I have another friend who is growing this plant from tubers I supplied to him - I will check to see if he has any seed and, if so, will see if we can send you some to try.
Ken Fern----- Original Message -----From: Loes TerlouwSent: Monday, September 27, 2004 8:31 PMSubject: [pfaf] Lathyrus tuberosusHi, is there anyone who tried Lathyrus tuberosus? It is mentioned in the Alternative Rootcrops-leaflet of PFAF:
"The TUBEROUS PEA has one of the nicest tubers I have ever eaten, a view shared by many of the people who have eaten it. [...]"
I tried several accessions of Lathyrus tuberosus this year, but so far the plants do not make tubers, but a kind of white, carrot-like roots with a small woody core in the centre.
Is it the fleshy root you eat, or do tubers appear in the next year? Does anyone have information? Thank you