So many things to say about the humble pea.
Did you know:
- Botanically, a pea is a fruit?
- Etymologically, originally a pea in English was a pease, and peas were peasen?
- The often-seen-in-gardens sweet pea variation (pictured) is, despite it‘s name, not edible at all? (They are toxic, causing osteolathyrism)
- Earliest archaeological finds of wild peas date from the late neolithic era of current Greece, Syria, Turkey and Jordan?
- Pea plants were used for developing the principles of Mendelian genetics, the foundation of modern genetics (and thus, they helped prove that all living beings on earth really are one family)?
I did not.
And now you do, too. (Thank you, Wikipedia!)