The Pinkeye Purple Hull pea plant is popular in the southern United States for both its vigorous yields in hot dry weather and its nutritional value.
The 7-10 inch long pods grow in clusters at the very top of green, leafy stems with around 10 – 14 beans inside each pod.
You can harvest these for fresh eating when they are light green to use as you would a green bean.
Or, you can wait until the hulls are purple to shell the peas from the cowpea pods and cook them like you would shelled grean peas.
You can also leave some unharvested if you want dried pods. This will happen rather soon so keep an eye on them.
Zipper Cream Pea is a beautiful blend between cowpeas and English peas.
The plants grow to 2-3 feet tall, producing many 6 inch pods that will fade slightly as they mature.
Their heat tolerance makes them perfect for planting in late spring or early fall when other vegetables might not fare so well outdoors.
The California Blackeye #46 Cowpea is a drought-tolerant, heat-loving plant that produces large black-eyed peas.
Plants are around 24″ tall and have dark green leaves.
The peas are white with a black eye, and the pods are about six inches long. Each pod contains four or five peas.
California Blackeye #46 is a popular variety for fresh eating or eating as a dry pea.
The California Blackeye #5 Cowpea is similar to the California #46. The main difference between them is that one vines and the other doesn’t.
They are a drought-tolerant, heat-loving plant that produces large black-eyed peas.
The plants are around 24″ tall and can vine to be taller. The peas are white with a black eye, and the pods are about six inches long.
Looking for a cowpea variety that is delicious, drought-tolerant, and easy to grow?
If so, Texas Creme 40 pea is a great option .
This heirloom, open-pollinated cowpea variety produces beautiful cream-colored peas that are perfect for fresh eating or canning.
Plants have an upright growth habit and produce white flowers with pods set high on the plant for clean, easy harvesting.
Pods average 6-8″ long and are slightly curved. Pods are light green and will dry to a tan color.
Texas Creme 40 pea is a versatile variety that performs well in a wide variety of soil conditions, from sandy to clay.
So if you’re looking for a cowpea variety that is easy to grow and produces delicious peas, Texas Creme 40 is a great option!