Pretzel Bean Cowpea Seeds - (Vigna unguiculata subsp.)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 60 seeds per pack
- Days to Maturity:
- 65 days
- Days to Germination:
- 5-7 days @ 75-85F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Pretzel Bean Cowpea - So Much Fun to Grow!
This cowpea produces pods in the shape of a pretzel or like a ram's horn. It was first introduced to US gardeners in 1893 by W. Atlee Burpee with the name Rams Horn Bean and was considered a novelty or curiosity.
The vigorous twining vines are a plus for gardens with limited space. As easy to grow as standard beans and not bothered by bean beetles.
Successful in high temperatures, drought and poor soils. Very productive in more favorable conditions. Great flavor.
Pick young green pods as snap beans, harvest green peas as shelly beans or peas, and let pods dry for dry beans. The dried pods left on the stem can be used in flower arrangements and for holiday decorations.
Neither a standard pea nor a bean, the cowpea belongs to a subtropical group of legumes characterized by upright bushes that bear beautiful lilac or white blossoms. Indigenous to Africa, cowpeas have been used in agriculture since ancient times. The crop spread to Europe, India and Asia more than 2,000 years ago. In southern China, a form with slender pods (asparagus bean) was developed. Cowpeas were introduced to the Southern states during the period of slave trade. Looked down on by the Southern aristocracy, they were christened with the name cowpea because they were thought fit only for animals to eat. Today, cowpeas are cherished in many cultures and the most famous is the black-eyed pea.
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What can I say? These are both fun to look at and extremely prolific. The bean itself looks like a black eyed pea. My child planted these after the optimum growing window and they still did very well. Just a couple plants is filling up a quart jar! I grow these every few years. Definitely worth a try!