Cowpeas

Cowpeas

(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.

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GROW IT! Cowpea Growing Tips HERE

 
 
Atchafalya Swamp Pea

Atchafalaya Swamp Pea CW165

The Atchafalaya Swamp Pea was selected decades ago by Blaine Bourgeois... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
Big Red Ripper Cowpea

Big Red Ripper Cowpea WW167

Also known as Mandy and Tory, this large seeded cowpea... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
cw103

Blue Goose Cowpea CW103

The 36” vines produce purple-gray peas with up to 20 in a pod! A rare... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Calico Crowder Cowpea

Calico Crowder Cowpea WW165

An attractive Old South (pre-1850s) cowpea with a distinctive red... Read More

         
 
 
$4.00
 
cw108

California Blackeye Pea Cowpea CW108

70 days. An old standard variety; vigorous, high-yielding vines. Thomas... Read More
         
 
 
$2.00
 
cw102

Clay Cowpea CW102

This pea was a staple of the Southern armies during the American Civil... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Coat and Jacket Cowpea

Coat and Jacket Cowpea CW163

Seeds are two-toned with with deep brown-red and cream coloring. This... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Cowpea

Dolique de Cuba Cowpea WW215

Called the Cuban Asparagus Bean in old French seed catalogs, this red-seeded... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
cw143

Green Eyed Pea Cowpea CW143

Very rare, Missouri heirloom is larger than the standard Blackeye pea.... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
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
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Hog Brains Cowpea

Hog Brains Cowpea CW164

These blocky-shaped cowpeas are two-toned with cream and deep brown-red... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Holstein Cowpea

Holstein Cowpea CW101

Very unique, this pea is mottled half black and half white, just like... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw160

Mitchell Family Cream Pea Cowpea CW160

These white peas have been in the Mitchell family for over a century.... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea

Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea CW138

Short, bush plants produce colorful, purple, 7-inch pods that are filled... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw148

Ozark Razorback Cowpea CW148

90 days. The most beautiful pea we grow; the peas are mottled half white... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw153

Piggott Family Heirloom Cowpea CW153

A Louisiana variety that has been in the Pigott family, Washington Parish,... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Polecat cowpea

Polecat Cowpea WW180

This attractive cowpea known by many different names is a Deep South heirloom... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
cw109

Purple Hull Pinkeye Cowpea CW109

70 days. The preferred variety of many Southerners; delicious flavor. Hulls... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Red Rice Cowpea

Red Rice Cowpea WW182

This highly attractive miniature cowpea with tiny dark red peas is probably... Read More
         
 
 
$4.00
 
cw106

Red Ripper Cowpea CW106

90 days. Large running vines yield 12” to 14” pods that are loaded with... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Rice Pea Cowpea

Rice Pea Cowpea CW112

Tiny white seeds are just larger than rice and cook in 40 minutes. Very... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Shanty Pea Cowpea

Shanty Pea Cowpea CW157

South Carolina heirloom produces peas in varying shades of tan, on vines... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw145

Six-Week Purple Hull Cowpea CW145

An early Pink Eye, Purple Hull type, produces lots of tasty cream-colored... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw129

Stick Up Cowpea CW129

80 days. Pods tend to “Stick Up” on the vines, hence the name. This heirloom... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Thai Black Cowpea

Thai Black Cowpea CW162

Popular in Thailand, this heirloom produces good yields of black beans... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
Turkey Craw Cowpea

Turkey Craw Cowpea CW133

Vining, old-fashioned variety that produces delicious maroon and white... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
cw155

White Whippoorwill Cowpea CW155

We at last have the hard-to-find, white-seeded Whippoorwill. Plants produce... Read More
         
 
 
$2.50
 
 
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