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Product: Peas

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   Peas belong to the category Food crops
   and originated in Eurasia

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PEAS

Pisum sativum L. (Fabaceae).

Given their scientific name by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753; he gave their habitat as growing in agricultural fields.

Native to the Near East and around the Mediterranean, there are two subspecies with slightly different distributions.

Life form: annual herb.

Parts used: seeds used as grain (pulse); stems occasionally used as forage for animals.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Clifford Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Pisum sativum L. - Pea)