Cowpeas are a home garden favorite for fresh, frozen, or canned use. Cowpea can be used at all stages of growth as a vegetable crop. The tender green leaves are an important food source in Africa and are prepared as a pot herb, like spinach. Immature snapped pods are used in the same way as snapbeans, often being mixed with other foods. Green cowpea seeds are boiled as a fresh vegetable, or may be canned or frozen. Dry mature seeds are also suitable for boiling and canning.
With suitable climate cowpeas grow in practically any type of well-drained soil, withstand drought well, and make forage at a time of year when forage is most needed. Shade tolerant, so is an important component of traditional intercropping systems. Great soil conditioner - makes sandy soil more compact and heavy soil more friable through added humus. High vitamin content, and the sprouts are high in vitamin C and B-vitamins.
Black eye and purple eye-The immature pods shell easily because the hull (pod wall) is pliable and the seeds come out of the pod clean and free. The shelled peas are attractive and mild flavored.
W,H/Matures 9-12/Harvest 8/Yield 2-9/Spacing 24