Beach pea

Beach pea is also called sea pea for good reason: its seeds look like small peas and its shoots and flowers taste like pea shoots.

  • Where to Find It

    Beach pea grows on most beaches in Denmark, both rocky and sandy ones. It can grow directly in the loose, white sand on the beach, or around rocks near the shore.

  • Salt marshes, beaches.
  • When to Find It

    You can pick the shoots from April until June, while the flowers will be ready for harvesting from June until the first days of July.

  • Shoots: April, May, June.
    Flowers: June, July.
  • How to Spot It

    Beach pea is an herb that creeps along the ground. The stem is edged and typically 20-60 cm long. The oval leaves, which are a matte dark green on the surface but light on the underside, grow in pairs on the stem. The shoots grow together in thin pods and are made up of densely folded leaves that grow in clusters. The flowers look like tiny pinkish or purple orchids, and can also grow densely in clusters. The peas grow in small pods.

  • How to Pick It

    Beach pea doesn't have a very extensive root system, and it often grows in the sand, so it's easy to accidentally pull up the whole plant. To avoid uprooting it, snip off the shoots while holding the rest of the plant in place. Beach pea helps prevent sand drift, so avoid taking large quantities.

  • NB!

    The Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark do not recommend consumption. This is due to limited knowledge and related species, such as grass pea, can be harmful.

Risk of misidentifying the plant

There is no risk of mistaking the plant for another dangerous or undesirable plant.