July 17-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: July: July 17-14
On the shores of Gitche Gumee    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Beach peas    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Animals snack on these    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh
Pretty but not safe for humans    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Brenda Leigh

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:29 am:

On a recent evening, Brenda Leigh decided to take a walk on the shores of Lake Superior near her home in Brimley. She said it was so peaceful in this spot, with the small waves rolling in and the pretty plant life growing along the beach there.

Brenda fills us in on that pretty plant life, which grows not only along the shores of the Great Lakes, but on many coastal beaches in the U.S., as well as over in Europe and Asia. She said that the "peas" on this plant are eaten by animals, such as deer, mice and birds, but that they are not safe for human consumption, as they contain a paralyzing agent. So, I guess they're pretty to behold, but not so pretty to consume.

Thanks for the Superior shots and the plant info, too, Brenda!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:34 am:

Thanks for the beach stroll, Brenda. Beautiful!

"Please don't eat the peas". ;>

By mickill mouse (Ram4) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:38 am:

very interesting little flower, pretty but dangerous. :O)

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:47 am:

Ap-peas-ing pix!

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 08:58 am:

Simply Superior!

By Just me (Jaby) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 10:38 am:

We are so blessed with the beauty of Lake Superior.
Awesome photos!

By fy1 (Formeryooper1) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:18 pm:

Have popped these open and eaten the peas for fifty years, never knew they were considered poisonous. A google search confirms toxicity but usually when a large portion of your diet. A few sites say they are unedible, but alot of people gather and eat these every year - eating and prepartion hints all over the web. I'll probably eat a few at the beach again this year and make sure I don't over indulge.

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:20 pm:

Not real sure why you shouldn't eat the peas. I spent 31 years on Isle Royale and ate them all the time. They haven't killed me yet. Not arguing, just saying. Does anybody else eat them?

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:25 pm:

As for me, I know nothing about these peas ~ was just following Mary's lead. And my 'silly' extra comment was just a play on the movie title "Please Don't Eat the Daisies".

I love peas, so I might like these too.;9

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 12:37 pm:

Beautiful, as always, Brenda :-)

By Brenda Leigh (Brownmoose) on Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 01:23 pm:

Thanks for all the comments. Now it has me wondering
if I shouldn't pick those beautiful peas and try
them. I did a search and it stated that they were
not edible for human consumption. I will look at
more sites now and see what they state. So glad that
Duane and fy1 sent in comments. Wow with the web you
wonder what to believe when doing research.

By Uncle Chuck (Unclechuck) on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 12:15 am:

Nice Pic's, I'll stick to the Jolly Green Giant!

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 04:16 am:


By Kathyrn Laughlin (Kathyl) on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 09:54 am:

This is belated, but I also have eaten beach peas. Not in quantity, just a few from a given pod. It may come back to a toxicology principle: everything is dosages. In other words, it may depend on how much you consume.

By mark d olson (Mdolson) on Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:32 am:

Beach Pea (Lathyrus japonicus)


Habitat: Coastlines, gravelly shores, beaches, east and west coasts of Northern America.

Description: Trailing perennial, arrow shaped stipules, pink to lavender pea like flowers, stalk less seed pods, seed pods similar to garden peas but smaller, leaves terminate with curled tendrils.

Harvest: Flowers June-Aug, Harvest when younger bright green pea pods form.

Dangers: Only experienced foragers should identify the plant because other members of the pea (i.e. Ocean Peas) family are poisonous and have cause death in the past.

Preparation: Highly nutritious, cook like any other pea; young peas are best, as they become dry and tasteless as they age,; if you can pinch through pod with your fingernail then they can be eaten whole.

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