(Vigna unguiculata) Very easy to grow, colorful, and tasty. Cowpeas are popular in the Southern US, Africa, and Asia. They originated in Africa, and tolerate heat, drought and humidity much better than common beans do. They are great picked young for use as green snap beans, and stir-fried or boiled. They also make a great cover crop, sown in spring or summer and tilled into the soil when flowers begin to appear. Plant seeds about an inch deep after frosts have ceased and soil is warm. Most types “run,” meaning they grow long vines, and so 3-5 feet should be allowed between rows.

Risina Del Trasiorfino

Risina Del Trasiorfino Cowpea CW128

Tiny cream-colored peas; dwarf plants give very early yields. A drought-tolerant... Read More
Turkey Craw Cowpea

Turkey Craw Cowpea CW133

Vining, old-fashioned variety that produces delicious maroon and white... Read More
Atchafalya Swamp Pea

Atchafalaya Swamp Pea CW165

The Atchafalaya Swamp Pea was selected decades ago by Blaine Bourgeois... Read More

Red Bisbee Cowpea CW156

Long pods, brick-red to brown seeds. Thrives in heat. Original seed said... Read More
Penny Rile Cowpea 1

Penny Rile Cowpea CW116

80 days. Khaki-tan color, medium-sized peas, heavy yields. The peas are... Read More
Holstein Cowpea

Holstein Cowpea CW101

Very unique, this pea is mottled half black and half white, just like... Read More

Carrapichio Cowpea CW130

Good yields of khaki-colored peas and long pods. An attractive pea that... Read More

Mayo Colima Cowpea CW134

80 days. Mixed-color peas, gray, gray-mottled, or orange/tan mottled. Seed... Read More
Shanty Pea Cowpea

Shanty Pea Cowpea CW157

South Carolina heirloom produces peas in varying shades of tan, on vines... Read More

Bohemian Cowpea CW139

75 days. This heirloom was brought to America by immigrants from Prague... Read More

Monkey Tail Cowpea CW147

Hardy, rambling vines produce extra-long pods with unusual cocoa/tan-colored... Read More

Stick Up Cowpea CW129

80 days. Pods tend to “Stick Up” on the vines, hence the name. This heirloom... Read More
Gray-Speckled Palapye Cowpea

Gray-Speckled Palapye Cowpea CW107

Flavorful, gray-speckled peas in large pods; very early and perfect for... Read More

Red Ripper Cowpea CW106

90 days. Large running vines yield 12” to 14” pods that are loaded with... Read More
Rice Pea Cowpea

Rice Pea Cowpea CW112

Tiny white seeds are just larger than rice and cook in 40 minutes. Very... Read More

Green Eyed Pea Cowpea CW143

Very rare, Missouri heirloom is larger than the standard Blackeye pea.... Read More

Mitchell Family Cream Pea Cowpea CW160

These white peas have been in the Mitchell family for over a century.... Read More
Haricot Rouge Du Burkina Faso Cowpea

Haricot Rouge Du Burkina Faso Cowpea CW117

An heirloom from Burkina-Faso, West Africa. Colorful red-purple pods have... Read More
Coat and Jacket Cowpea

Coat and Jacket Cowpea CW163

Seeds are two-toned with with deep brown-red and cream coloring. This... Read More

Piggott Family Heirloom Cowpea CW153

A Louisiana variety that has been in the Pigott family, Washington Parish,... Read More
Hog Brains Cowpea

Hog Brains Cowpea CW164

These blocky-shaped cowpeas are two-toned with cream and deep brown-red... Read More

Clay Cowpea CW102

This pea was a staple of the Southern armies during the American Civil... Read More

White Whippoorwill Cowpea CW155

We at last have the hard-to-find, white-seeded Whippoorwill. Plants produce... Read More

Six-Week Purple Hull Cowpea CW145

An early Pink Eye, Purple Hull type, produces lots of tasty cream-colored... Read More
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