(aka Blauwschokkers) Soup peas have been a winter European staple for centuries. This prolific Dutch strain is one of the best. A great companion for Golden Sweet. Plants grow 6' tall and are loaded with beautiful bi-colored flowers and dark purple pods. The primary use is for split-pea soup, or erwtensoep, as the Dutch call it. Use just like a dry bean, best if soaked overnight before cooking. However, you can use the pods when they are extremely small for fresh eating.