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pea, pease was a cash crop in 17C after wheat, barley, oats: there be white and grey pease: as supplied to the Army:
Field pea (Pisum sativum L.), (Garden and canning peas are classified as P. sativum; however, the field pea is classified botanically as P. arvense.), a native of Southwest Asia, was among the first crops cultivated by man. Wild field pea can still be found in Afghanistan, Iran, and Ethiopia. It is a cool season crop and is widely grown in the cooler temperate zones of the world. World wide dry pea is grown on about 22 million acres annually and total production exceeds 11 million (U.S) tons.
unfortunately the lads and lasses of The first American Thanksgiving feast that was celebrated in Plymouth , pease failed.
interesting list of foods of 1621
Foods Available to the Pilgrims for their 1621 Thanksgiving
[Updated above link from http://members.aol.com/calebj/thanksgiving.html , 7 Feb 2009, P.G.]