Massey Gem Pea at approximately 2.5 weeks ready for harvest the stalks are tender at this stage, unlike the Field Pea. Similar taste to the Snow Pea maybe not quite as sweet but not much difference. Click to hide.
The seeds are not quite as large as the SnowPea hence the sprouts aren't as large either, (also weighs less than Snow Pea so you get approximately 25% more seeds. Click to hide.
Massey Gem on the left and Snow Pea on the right at 2 weeks, the Snow Pea is ready for harvest, the Massey Gem could probably do with an extra 4 or 5 days but the leaves will never be as big as they are on the Snow Pea. Here shown growing in vermiculite and our organic-based nutrients, they are best cut at an early stage around 2-3 weeks and stored in the fridge inside a cotton bag which is then placed inside a container or a plastic bag. Click to hide.
Snow Pea on the left and Field Pea on the right at about one week. If you want to use the Field Pea in salad then you need to just cut the top leaves as the stalk is uncomfortably chewy, this is not the case with the SnowPea or the Massey Gem Pea even after 2 weeks. Click to hide.
Massey Gem pea seeds being grown as a sprout in the small colander, tastes just like a normal pea from the pod, as that is what they are, but more digestible and full of organic nutrients from overnight and a 3 day soak. Click to hide.
Massey Gem and sprouted red Lentils sprinkled on top of a Microgreen/Sprout mix salad. Click to hide.
Massey Gem pea seeds after 3 or 4 days attach cover using clip & plug, will continue to grow slowly in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The clip and the plug keeps the lid in place and this is the method I use to use to store all my sprouts before I discovered the cotton bag method. Using the colanders to store in the fridge means you don’t have to worry about changing the bag as any excess moisture just drips through to the base bowl, but they do take up valuable extra space. Having said that I still use this method i.e. the colanders to store the Lentils and Massey Gem, but use the cotton bag for everything else I find this works best for me. Click to hide.
The Massey Gem pea can also be grown as a regular pea just like you would find at the greengrocers or supermarket. Click to hide.
A short video on how to treat mould with Pea Seed Microgreens. Click to hide
A short video showing how to use the Small Sprouting Colander to store Sprouts in the Fridge. Particularly good system with regard to storing large sprouts that you store in the fridge after a couple of days of spouting e.g. Massey Gem Pea, Lentils and other large bean sprouts. Click to hide.
Massey Gem Pea
$1.77 – $94.03
Can be grown for Microgreens or Pea, similar to SnowPea in taste and texture, but cheaper but less leaf and slightly slower(also weighs less then SnowPea so you get approximately 25% more seeds). NZ, 85% germ minimum.
Can be grown as a Sprout(tastes much like a normal shelled Pea, same variety, but with the added benefit of being sprouted i.e. more digestible and containing extra trace elements from our organic nutrients for sprouting, (this has become my preferred method of growing the seeds and I sprinkle them on top of my salad along with the lentils, which I store in the refrigerator in the small colanders with clip and plug securing the cover) also as a Microgreens or as a whole plant producing Pea pods. As a Microgreen similar to SnowPea in taste and texture, but cheaper but less leaf and slightly slower(also weighs less then SnowPea so you get approximately 25% more seeds). Similar to SnowPea Microgreen in that, unlike the FieldPea the stalk remains tender, Standard, quick maturing, dwarf bush type 60-75cm, pods 3.5-5cm, sweet peas also suitable for freezing, hardy, disease resistant and suited to cold areas. Popular market variety. Sow autumn to spring. 70-80 days. grown in NZ, 85% germ minimum