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Botswana Black-eye Cowpea (15 seeds) (WW244) $4.00
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Botswana Black-eye Cowpea

         
 
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This old African landrace was found among the seed stalls in the farmers’ market at Palapye, Botswana. Smaller than most American blackeye peas, whiter in color, and creamier in texture when cooked, we were immediately charmed by this unusual variety for several reasons. It produces snowy white flowers against dark green leaves, and the 7 to 8 inch pods turn rich golden yellow when ripe. The entire plant exhibits ornamental qualities that make it perfect for a porch trellis, especially since the leaves turn bright yellow after a light frost. In Africa the young leaves and pods are cooked as greens, and with roughly 14 seeds per pod, it is easy to use most parts of the plant as food. The shelly peas are buttery soft and the dry peas cook like Arborio rice. As an experiment we have been growing a number of cowpeas from far Southern Africa with the idea of learning what may do well north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Many American cowpeas (like Running Conch) are difficult to grow in our region, which is roughly 40 degrees North Latitude. However, the Botswana varieties are as easy to grow as Whippoorwill, at least in southeastern Pennsylvania where our gardens are located. For the gardener looking for the perfect cowpea for space-saving pole-bean culture, here is your answer!
 
Botswana Black-eye Cowpea
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 2
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.5

100.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
woodman6364
Location:
Wilmington, DE, United States
Date:
August 2, 2018
          5.0
 
Beautiful and vigorous
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Needs no attention

What are the cons? Challenge to get started

Review:

These are challenging starters but once they get going they are unstoppable. Spreads up and out. 8 ft vines with hundreds of pods. Most pods have 12 to 14 beans. Large whitest of white flowers precede pods up to 8 inches long. I'll be keeping this one.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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1 out of 1 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
jessi
Location:
lafayette, LA, United States
Date:
June 27, 2018
          5.0
 
Very easy grower
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? good producer

What are the cons? slow starter

Review:

Great grower. I wasn't very confident starting with these because I had never grown them. They are doing great in the summer heat so far and are really neat plants. The pods spill over at the end of vines and the tops of stems like a water fountain. The plants are very pretty and the ponds are very healthy looking. I only harvest the dried and they come off easy and shell very easy. Haven't cooked any yet but they seem well dried and I think will do well in storage. The plant also tolerates being crowded by my cucumber plant very well. Planning on growing a ton of these next year.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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