Cowpea Seeds

Useful gardening infomation

Cowpea is one of the most ancient crops known to man. Its origin and subsequent domestication is associated with pearl millet and sorghum in Africa. It is now a broadly adapted and highly variable crop, cultivated around the world primarily for seed, but also as a vegetable (for leafy greens, green pods, fresh shelled green peas, and shelled dried peas), a cover crop and for fodder. Cowpea has a number of common names, including crowder pea, black-eyed pea and southern pea.

All cultivated cowpea varieties are considered warm season and adapted to heat and drought conditions. Cowpeas typically reach a canopy height of 30 to 36 inches, although the more determinate bush types may reach only 24 inches. The seed pods are borne above the leaf axil, making the pods very visible. The seed pod is typically 3 to 6 inches long and has 6 to 13 seeds per pod. The seed weight per bushel is 60 pounds with about 3,000 to 4,000 seeds per pound. The germination of the seed is rapid at soil temperatures above 65° F.


Sowing Instructions

Plant cowpeas outdoors directly in the garden after last frost date. Germination is improved when soil temperature is above 65 F. Cowpeas require a long growing season with 4 months of warm days. They are drought resistant and basically can grow anywhere corn can grow. Plants can grow 8 to 36" tall. Do not plant in cold wet soil or you may experience poor germination.

Informative articles found on the web:

How to grow Cowpeas
Black-eyed Peas and Rice Recipe
Black-eyed Baby Cakes Recipe
More Cowpea Recipes




Seeds


VUD023 Mississippi Silver
60-65 days. Large seeded brown crowder with pale green silvery pods at green shell stage. Pods are 6 to 6 ½ inches, slightly curved, light straw color when dry. Low bushy plant, few runners.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD024 CT Dimpled Brown Crowder
70 days. Bush type. Prolific yielder. Pods contain 12-15 peas, closely bunched together.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
TST003 Dall Occhio Black Eyed Cowpeas
A wonderful and elusive small kidney shaped bean. Also known as "ambelofassoula" in Greece. Looks almost exactly like a black eyed pea, but with a more complex, pleasant, earthy flavor. Though it is a crowder it has a creamy color & black eyes. Dall Occhio has a tall, narrow bush habit, as much as 4-5' or more high depending on local growing conditions. Production fades once temperatures are consistently above 90F. Treated seed.
  12g pack ( about 100 seeds per pack ) $2.95
VUD025 CT Purple Hull Pinkeye
63-65 days. Vigorous bush type to semi-vining plant grows 18-24 inches tall. Pods turn purple at shell stage, are 6 to 7 inches long, and slightly above foliage. Peas light green with red eye at green shell stage, turn white with maroon eye when dry. Medium size, rounded on ends. Good producer.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD026 California Blackeye #5
55-60 days. The dominant variety of all Southern peas across the country. The vines are upright to semi-spreading, medium coarse stem and branches, medium foliage and fair drought resistance. Pods 6 to 8 inches long, early maturing. Seed medium to large. A favorite.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD027 Texas Cream 40
Plant produces good yields of light colored cowpeas. The plants are small. They are highly tolerant to drought and a wide variety of soil conditions, including heavy clay and sandy soils. Also known as Southern Peas or Cream Peas. A Southern favorite.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
VUD028 Mississippi Purple
Plant produces high yields of reddish-purple pods. Very delicious large brown peas. This variety has less vines and more pods over the plant. Very easy to shell pods.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )
6001 Top Pick Pinkeye
The name comes from the fact that Top Pink Pinkeye Cowpea features pods at the top of the plant for easy mechanical or hand picking. Pods are easy to shell and turn a light shade of purple when they are ready to be picked. Pale purple color on pods when ready to pick. High yield potential. Good virus and disease tolerance. Seeds mature in 50 days.
  $2.25 per pack 1.25 ounce package
( plants about 12-15 ft. row )

Cowpea seeds available on a seasonable basis



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WOS001 Big Boy Cowpeas
A prolific, bush-type variety that is good for the home garden, produces a long, light tan pod and cream-colored seeds that are large, flat and wrinkled with a buff-brown or maroon eye. These cowpeas mature in 60-65 days.
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WOS002 No.46 Blackeye Cowpea
No.46 Blackeye Cowpea seeds produce a heavy yield of light green pods lined with a deep purple. The pods contain a creamy white pea with a small purple eye that is tender, high in protein and delicious! Great fresh or frozen, also very popular dried.
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WOS003 Carolina Classic Cowpea
Carolina Classic Cowpea is a vigorous, highly productive crowder-type cowpea that bears large pods placed well above foliage. These cowpeas are ready to pick 65 days after planting and are well suited for deer.
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WOS004 Big Boy Cowpea
A prolific, bush-type variety that is good for the home garden, produces a long, light tan pod and cream-colored seeds that are large, flat and wrinkled with a buff-brown or maroon eye. These cowpeas mature in 60-65 days.
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WOS005 Colossus Cowpea
Colossus Cowpea boasts a large pod and large, light brown seed. This cowpea matures in 65 days and provides easy harvest and shelling.
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WOS006 Dixie Lee Crowder
These pods grow well off the ground so they're easy for picking and the short maturation period of only 64 days allows for 2 crops in a single growing season in souther areas, and a full crop in colder zones.
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WOS007 Knuckle Purplehull Cowpea
This is a large seeded brown crowder pea that produces short purple pods that when full, resemble a man's knuckles. These cowpeas are good for fresh market, canning or freezing. Mature pods appear after 60-65 days.
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WOS008 Mississippi Silverskin Cowpea
Mississippi Silverskin Cowpeas produce large, seeded brown peas with beautiful pale green, silvery pods at green shell stage and light, straw-color pods when dry. These are typically low, busy plants with few runners.
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WOS009 Queen Anne Cowpea
When pods turn the color of light straw in about 69 days, they're mature and ready for picking! The busy and compact vines have no basal runners and the seeds are bright when dry.
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WOS010 Summertime Cowpea
One of the tastiest cowpeas is this super flavorful, easy-to-shell table pea. If that isn't enough, it bears its pods above the foliage for easy picking mid-summer. Shelled peas are bright green with a pale pinkeye and they retain this color through cooking. Matures in 65 days.
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WOS011 Zipper Cowpea
This large, easy-shelling cream pea with high yields is delicious and great for the home gardener. The name comes from the ease at which the "string" can be pulled like a zipper to release the peas from the pod. Plants are low and bushy and pods are medium green. Expect mature pods in 66 days.
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WOS012 Red Eye Cowpea
A Kentucky heirloom variety, having been grown in south-central Kentucky for many years. Medium sized plump peas are red and white, and grow on sturdy, modestly running vines.
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WOS014 Shanty Cowpea
South Carolina heirloom produces peas in varying shades of tan, on vines of medium length. Productive, noted for its ability to yield over a very long season, even up to frost from an early planting.
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WOS015 Red Bisbee Cowpea
Long pods, brick-red to brown seeds. Thrives in heat. Original seed said to have originated in Bisbee, Arizona.
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WOS016 White Whippoorwill Cowpea
An old Southern heirloom. Plants produce loads of creamy-white peas that are great when picked young and stir-fried or harvested when dry for soup.
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WOS017 Running Conch Cowpea
Good yields of small, delicious cream-colored peas, one of the parent varieties of "Zipper Cream". An heirloom from the late 1800's, great for growing in the South. Long vining plants.
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WOS018 Turkey Craw Cowpea
Vining, old-fashioned variety that produces delicious maroon and white peas. Large, fat pods.
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WOS019 Carrapichio Cowpea
Good yields of Khaki-colored peas and long pods. An attractive pea that is very rare and uniquely colored.
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WOS021 Rice Cowpea
Tiny white seeds are just larger than rice and cook in 40 minutes. Very tasty. Bush plants yield well. A pre-1860 Southern cowpea.
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WOS021 Blue Goose Cowpea
The 36" vines produce purple-gray peas with up to 20 delicious peas in a pod. A rare old Southern heirloom. Great for table use.
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WOS022 Black Crowder Cowpea
Very prolific and easy to shell. Plants stand up high, and the pod set is excellent, with easy harvest at the foliage level. Shelled green peas have a deep purple cast, turning black when dry. You'll like the taste and texture. 63 days.
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WOS023 Dolico Italian Cowpea
This is an Italian cowpea. The pods are at their most delicious when 10" long. They are excellent fresh or frozen. Stronger flavor than American maintained cowpea varieties. 82 days.
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WOS024 Quickpick Cowpea
Quickpick is a pinkeye purple hull southern pea developed for fresh market. Erect, determinate, non-vining, bush type plant habit. Pods are straight, approx 8" long, green when immature and dark purple when mature. Usually 11 peas per pod. Pods are positioned at or above foliage level.
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