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The family of our donor, J Freeman, have grown this variety for more than 100 years. Originally given to her great, great grandfather as a wedding present, this ancient round pea dates back to at least Elizabethan times. Protein rich (about 25%) Carlin is a classic drying pea, still traditionally eaten in northern England on the Sunday before Palm Sunday, known regionally as Carlin Sunday. The peas are soaked in brine overnight, boiled and eaten with salt and vinegar or doused in beer or mint sauce. Others say that the tradition commemorates the arrival of a shipload of peas in besieged Newcastle upon Tyne in 1644, saving many from starvation. Attractive pink and lilac flowers are followed by pods of small, brown mottled seeds.

Please note: this variety needs a little bit more of a helping hand, so we are not able to send out seeds with gifts, however by adopting it you will be directly contributing to its conservation, so that one day we will be able to make it available to everyone.

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