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grass or Indian pea

Dried Lathyrus sativus seeds from Molise (Italy)

Lathyrus sativus. Although grown mostly as forag nowadays, the grass pea (gesse or pois carrée) was one of humanity’s first crops. This pulse that is easy to grow and a stand-by in difficult times. In some parts of the Mediterranean it’s used to make a gluten-free flourt; in France it’s pretty much confined to health food shops.


Text © Dana Facaros

Image by Quaaludes