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There it is, our first crossed pea pod. Sweet, green Oregon Giant snow pea crossed with the purple, Caruthers shell pea. Now our first generation, or F1 as it is called, has been created from two separate parent pea plants. This pea pod above has seeds with genes from the green pea and some genes from the purple pea parent. Once this pod swells, we will remove the peas and seed them to see the next generation, F2. By selecting for the pea characteristics we want from each generation by F4 or F5, we should have what we're looking for.
Follow the story of the Stone Barns Center purple pea project here:
Introduction to the purple pea project