I started this post last Friday but then became a little emotionally involved with it, I’ll try and explain why in another post soon.
White Acers. Does that make you think of fields covered in snow? In the Deep South we rarely, if ever, see fields covered in snow but, we do have 'White Acres' all the same. However our white acres are as different from the North as our accent. Instead of snowy fields our White Acres look like this.
They are a considered an heirloom plant. Heirloom plants are plants that were grown by our ancestors. They are open pollinated and will produce seeds true to the parent plant.
White Acres aren't to be confused with English peas but instead are a Southern Field-pea. They are more like a bean than to English peas. But take it from someone who for the most part doesn't like beans, White Acres have very little in common with beans.
In our ( me and G) opinion White Acres are the best
of the Southern Heirloom peas. They cook up with a clear broth and a wonderful mild flavor. The texture is similar to a bean but yet no so much, hard to explain really. I promise you, you'll not find another field-pea like them. If you enjoy growing heirloom plants and you like to try new foods give these a try.
Most likely you'll not find them in your local farm or garden store, G and I still can't find them locally so we grow our own (that's G in the pic picking peas, I shell them). But there are places on the net where you can buy seed, you just need to do a little searching.