The Cowpea, also called Crowder Peas, Blackeyed Peas, Field Peas, Stock Peas and Southern Peas, is neither a standard pea nor a bean. It belongs to a separate group of legumes having upright bushes and beautiful lilac or white blossoms. They are high in protein and rich in essential amino acids, and are very nutritious alongside grains, making an excellent meat alternative for vegetarians.

Introduced to the Southern states from Northen Africa during the slave trade, they were given the name “cowpea” as they were thought to be fit only for animal fodder, or slave food. Today they are grown, eaten and enjoyed with a relish and enthusiasm that is surprising to those not familiar with the South.

  • Black-eyed Pea/ Cowpea - (Vigna unguiculata)
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    Black-eyed Pea/ Cowpea Seeds - (Vigna unguiculata)

    Black-eyed Pea/ Cowpea - Grow Some Good Luck The Black-eyed Pea or Southern Pea has vigorous, high yielding plants that grow 24-40" tall and produces 7-9" pods. Wilt resistant, easy to grow and easy to cook. Thomas Jefferson wrote about growing...
  • Pretzel Bean Cowpea pods on the vine - (Vigna unguiculata subsp.)
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    Pretzel Bean Cowpea Seeds - (Vigna unguiculata subsp.)

    Pretzel Bean Cowpea - So Much Fun to Grow! This cowpea produces pods in the shape of a pretzel or like a ram's horn. Vigorous twining vines are a plus for gardens with limited space. As easy to grow as standard beans and not bothered by bean...