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Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea (30-75 seeds) (CW138) $2.50

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Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea

         
 
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Short, bush plants produce colorful, purple, 7-inch pods that are filled with medium-sized, tan peas that have dark speckles. A fine variety that is good for small gardens.
 
Old Timer or Purple Hull Speckled Cowpea
Overall Rating:
         
5.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 9
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.5

88.9% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Eva
Location:
Austin, TX, United States
Date:
April 9, 2018
          5.0
 
Favorite Purple Hull Pea
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? High-yielding, likes heat

What are the cons? None

Review:

I've grown several types of purple hull peas (including Six Week and Pink Eyed) and like this one best because it yields more. They taste similar to black eyed peas but better and are easier to pick because the pods are purple. Planted May 1 in zone 9a and pulled in mid Oct because I needed the space (they'd slowed down but weren't done). 100% germination. I'd call these a semi-bush plant: they need some support and will send out runners if crowded. Grew 3.5 ft tall. Grew in a raised bed and supported them by running trellis netting horizontally so that they could grow up through the squares of net (5 ft piece of rebar in each corner of the bed, attached net to rebar so it was parallel to bed -- not the way a trellis net normally goes. Added first net when they were 1.5 ft tall and a second net when they were 2.5 ft tall. Basically made lasagna layers of net.) 1 seed packet yielded over 1 pound of shelled fresh peas plus another couple servings of dried peas. Flowers are edible, too.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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5 out of 5 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jane
Location:
Indian Point, MO, United States
Date:
January 18, 2018
          5.0
 
Prolific easy to grow
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Produced all season long

What are the cons? None

Review:

To keep them from taking over the garden, we put a chickenwire trellis next to them to separate them from other plants and to give them something to climb on. Pretty flowers before producing pods. You can use them at any stage of growth. Immature pods can be used whole and cooked like green beans. They are best when you let the pods turn purple, then hull them and cook just the peas. Even if you miss some and leave them on the vine too long to eat fresh, they just dry out and you can store and use them like any other dried bean.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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9 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Veggie Gal
Location:
Pensacola, FL, United States
Date:
May 17, 2017
          5.0
 
Eat the peas not the pods.
Easy to Grow 4.5
EarlyMaturity 4.5
 

What are the pros? Flavor and tradition

What are the cons? none

Review:

I haven't ordered these seeds yet, but I wanted to let the Australian know that one doesn't eat the pods of speckled purple hulls. You sit on the porch with Grandma and shell them and cook and eat the peas only. Yummy! Give them another try and cook up a pot of peas with a hamhock! :)

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 9 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Helaxe
Location:
Coffs Harbour, Australia
Date:
March 4, 2017
          3.0
 
Vigorous
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow

What are the cons? Taste

Review:

This was the first time I have tried to grow cow peas so was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised when they were extremely easy to germinate and I ended planting 5 out in the garden. However once they got going they didn't stop - they spread out in all directions climbing over other plants, up the nearby trellis and invading nearby garden beds. NOT BUSH. Also nothing bothered them. Wildlife chewed on all the other plants in the garden including the tomatoes but left these alone. No diseases or insects seem to touch them either. Unfortunately once the beans appeared we were disappointed. No body in my family enjoyed the taste of the young pods as snap beans and once they reached the thickness of a pencil they were extremely fibrous and no longer good to eat in the pod. Neither were the green beans particularly inspiring in flavour and while the ripening pods were beautiful I ended up ripping these from the garden as I couldn't justify the space they were taking up.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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6 out of 6 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Georgia
Location:
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Date:
February 25, 2017
          5.0
 
Definite keeper
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 4.0
 

What are the pros? Very prolific, no pests

What are the cons? None

Review:

Summer was dry, but these grew beautifully. Need some staking. Very prolific and flavorful.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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