Dundale Pea (89 days)
An Australian landrace pea ‘Dundale’, is said to have a high success rate not only there, but in the High Plains of Eastern Wyoming and Western Nebraska where conditions can be extreme. This makes this pea one tough customer in your garden and easy for the beginner. Dundale is drought tolerant and highly adaptable to a wide range of soils. This pea is an amazing nitrogen fixer in your soil. Want to improve your soil without harmful petroleum fertilizers this is the way to do it!
Dundale peas are very yummy when sprouted and the young shoots are eaten fresh. Many people use dundale pea for sprouting and say it tastes like the sprouted snow pea. A wide range of other uses are for salads, sandwiches, stir-frys and soups.
According to Bob French, a Grain Legume Agronomist in Australia:
"Field pea fixes considerable amounts of atmospheric nitrogen which is available to subsequent crops. Wheat grown after field pea consistently out yields wheat grown after wheat: In 17 trials wheat after field pea averaged 47 per cent higher grain yields and 2 per cent more grain protein. Field pea can also act as a disease break in rotation for chocolate spot and Ascochyta in faba bean, brown leaf spot in lupin and blackleg in canola as well as cereal diseases."
Dundale field pea is used for both stockfeed and human consumption. It is used mainly in pig and poultry rations as a source of protein and energy, where it's relatively level of lysine and good digestibility are valuable.
* Up to 15 per cent of may not germinate after soaking, this is due to the hard-seeded nature of field peas and the peas capacity to absorb water.