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Dec 18, 2011 02:05 PM

ISO bulk Marrowfat peas.

Where can I buy 2-4 lbs of marrowfat peas in the GTA?

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  1. Green split peas from Bulk Barn or supermarkets are the same, just that they have been split under rollers for quicker cooking.
    Best prices in the Asian stores.

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    1. re: jayt90

      I think you are making a mistake here. Marrowfat peas are not the same as green split peas. They have a brown to grey skin and they are larger. We call them "pelekie zirni" in Latvian and they are a very specific texture and taste.

    2. I get mine on the bottom floor of the SLM. In the NW corner there is a vendor with all kinds of bulk dried goods. I even planted some and grow my own !

      Mmm-mmm Mushy Peas.....

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      1. re: PoppiYYZ

        Thanks for the replies so far. I think the SLM vendor is Rube and that is a great idea. Will try the split ones as well.

        1. re: Herne

          I did buy some marrowfats at about 1/3 the cost of the imported boxes at the coffee shop in Kensington. I believe it was at Nassau and Augusta.

          1. re: Herne

            More importantly than the price, how were your Mushy Peas !

            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              I have yet to try them as I'm using up a box of the imports. But they are next in line.

              1. re: Herne

                Made the peas yesterday and ate some today. I used approx 1/2 of the one lb bag. I added about 2 table spoons of baking soda and let them sit over night. Then I prepared them as per the instructions on the imported box. As far as I can tell they were the same in taste and texture. Looking into Marrowfats I find that they appear to be not a special type of pea but peas that have been left to dry on the plant until long after they would have been picked. So in round numbers you get about twice the amount of peas as the imported box for $1. as opposed to about $1.89. Nickels and dimes really--its only peas. But if you go past the coffee store it seems a good deal.
                I was surprised to find they have contests in England for the best prepared and they are a special meal in some parts to celebrate Guy Faulkes Day.

                1. re: Herne

                  I really am wondering if these peas have a doppelganger, because these brown peas are usually much larger than a regular pea and brown. In Toronto I buy them dry by the package at the Holland Store (2542 Weston Rd), as Dutch people also really enjoy them and import them. However, I just checked today and their order isn't in yet.
                  We Latvians eat them for Christmas in a bacon and onion sauce. You can't eat a lot as they are very filling, but they have a very specific earthy flavour.

                  1. re: ilinda

                    I've grown Marrowfat peas (variety medullare) the last couple of years. They are starchier and larger than the regular sweet peas (Laxton, Lincoln, Little Marvel) and different from green split peas or snap peas. They do loose a lot of their green when dry, turning kinda greeny beige-y brown. Not that great eating fresh since they aren't as sweet as a regular pea, but they dry and store very well and make great mushy peas.

                    Here is an interesting pea name cross reference that will make your head spin:

                    Could you post your Latvian Christmas Pea recipe here or in Home Cooking section ? It sounds similar to a Lima bean dish my wife's family loves to eat over the holidays.

                    1. re: PoppiYYZ

                      Hi Poppiyyz: I've been trying to Google a source for Marrowfat peas--as seed-- in Canada and can't get anywhere. Could you let us know your source?

                      1. re: Herne

                        Seeds of Diversity is an invaluable resource for finding ANY seed available in Canada. Worthy of a donation or membership :


                        However, do a germination test with some of the marrowfat peas you already have. Place some peas between two sheets of damp paper towel, keep damp, and wait a week or so - just like Grade School !! They germinate cool so keep them in a cool place. Plant in mid April if they are good and save your own seed for following years.

                        BTW, I've started pre-sprouting all peas and beans. Saves a lot of replanting.

                        1. re: PoppiYYZ

                          Thanks PoppiYYZ: I have some marrowfats and I'll test a few this weekend. Could you describe how you pre sprout and save replanting?

                          1. re: Herne

                            Hope the Mods will let me post this. I promise if there is more discussion about growing them, I'll start a thread in Gardening.

                            Test maybe 15-20 if you have enough peas. Sometimes germination may be less than 50%.

                            Pre-sprout just like a germination test in early April, then plant the peas that have started to grow.

                            Harvest all your peas when mature (that's a little bit of a judgement call), shuck, and let pea's dry on a wire grate, turning occasionally. Use your new dry peas for cooking but save some of the nicest peas to pre-sprout and plant the following spring.

                            Nothing to it !

                            1. re: PoppiYYZ

                              OK. That's clear enough now that I understand what you meant by "replanting".

                              There are changes to the peas available at the coffee store in Kensington. Apparently they will be getting Quebec peas already packaged. Don't know about timing. They maybe available now.

                              1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                I love your posts PoppiYYZ. You are so knowledgeable. You turned me on to Bintjes potatoes.

                        2. re: PoppiYYZ

                          OK PoppiYYZ, I've posted the Latvian marrowfat pea recipe in Home Cooking.

          2. It looks like there is some confusion. To find the kind of brownish marrowfat peas they eat in Latvia, do a search for "Kapucijners." That's their Dutch name, and they're very popular in Holland. You'll have a better chance finding them on Dutch food import sites. I've been craving them myself lately.

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            1. re: Naptown Nosher

              I'm a grain farmer from Saskatchewan, and am one of few that grow marrowfat peas on a large scale. Marrowfat peas and Green peas are indeed a completely different type of pea.

              1. re: Dwardo

                That fantastic, just wish we could get marrowfats to be readily available in stores here. its a pretty sad state when canada exports the marrowfats that are grown here and we have to contend to buying them from imports.