Chimera

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I didn’t even think about this when planting, but sowing the Blue-Podded Blauwschokkers right next to the Lincoln (Homesteader) peas was just asking for some cross-pollination.  The Lincolns don’t seem to have any purple pods among them, but the Blauwschokkers are riddled with green pods, and many are also marbled a pretty green and purple.  Then, there are some like this pod, where it seems it is perfectly half of each species.

Personally, I prefer the taste of the Blauwshokkers when crossed with the Lincolns – the peas from the pure purple pods are rather bitter.  I probably won’t grow Blauwschokkers again next year because of it, but there is no denying that they’ve been some of the prettiest produce in the garden this season.

Any chimeras in your garden?

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