Cultivated for around 7000 years, this cool season crop grows fruit into a pod. It is self-pollinating and though it is a lowish nectar source for honey bees, it is good on the pollen count and not to be discounted in your bee-food mix with great protein for you and your honey bees. Did you know that peas are actually a fruit, as seeds are developed from a flower, or that dried peas were a staple diet for peasants during the Middle Ages, easy to grow they saved many from starvation? Winston Churchill was quoted as saying: “We lived very simply – but with all the essentials of life well understood and provided for – hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.” With a high quality protein, peas are an essential for sure!
Saving our bees is not just about making less toxic environments for them, but too about focusing on what we feed them. Like us, they need a balanced diet. Pollen and nectar from a diverse choice of flowers; protein from pollen, and carbohydrates, sugars, from nectar. Bee-effective and plant Good Bee Food, for you and your honey bees.