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    Expensive Spanish Peas Sell for $350 a Pound

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    A special kind of Spanish pea called the guisante lágrima, or tear shaped pea in English, sells for up to 350 dollars a pound.

    A special kind of Spanish pea called the guisante lágrima, or tear shaped pea in English, sells for up to 350 dollars a pound.

    The peas grow on a farm called Aroa outside the village of Getaria in the Basque region of Spain alongside a variety of other vegetable crops.

    The popular tear shaped peas have a unique flavor, and are served raw, or with a side of caviar in some of the top gourmet restaurants in the world.

    Air and soil conditions allow for the pea to have such sought after flavor characteristics, which is described as herbaceous and salty.

    It reportedly takes twenty pounds of pods to produce one pound peas, so a lot of work goes into a single pound.

    Also the brevity of the growing season adds to their novelty and price tag.

    But even the best peas have to be marketed, so the owner of Aroa opened his gates to journalists and tourists alike. Soon customers could ask for the pea by name. Gourmet restaurants in the nearby town of San Sebastián paid attention.

    Now Aroa farms keeps a list of top customers who receive special overnight shipments of the freshly shelled peas.