Appellations to this name are used in a number of expressions as a reference to times immemorial, such as "during the times of Tsar Pea". It is used in some preambles of Russian fairy tales . In common speech it often bears an ironical sense, as an indication to unbelievable or obsolete circumstances.
There is a number of narratives, folklore and literary, where Tsar Gorokh is an actual character, rather than a simple time frame reference.
- War of Mushrooms, a folk fairy tale, mostly known in the literary redaction of Alexey Tolstoy
- Tsar Pea, an ironic poem by Pyotr Vyazemsky (1792-1878)
- A Fairy Tale about Glorious Tsar Pea, Dmitry Mamin-Sibiryak
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