The Pea. The native country of the common pea is not known. France has been named with some probability, or it may have been brought to that country from Egypt or Syria. Neither do we know the exact period at which the common pea was first cultivated here, but most probably it was in the reign of Henry VIII., as Tusser names it as a dainty, and sa\s it is "good for her purse and the pot." Peas were still reat in the early part of Elizabeth's reign, when Fuller observes they were seldom seen except those which were brought from Holland, which "were dainties for ladies;" but in the latter part of the same reign gardening made rapid progress in this country, and Gerard describes the runcival, the gar-den and field peas the tutted or Scottish, peas without skin in the puds, the wild pea and the everlasting pea.