Incredibly prolific and tender with a mild flavor. The best cowpea I have ever eaten.
Picked up seed from a few varieties at an Ag Experiment Station near home in the Fall of last year. I'm growing Mississippi PEPH, Brown Crowder, Calico Crowder, Big Boy, Yellow Ripper and Rouge et Noir.
The last one, Rouge et Noir, is a Louisiana heirloom that produces green pods with peas that are red as they mature and turn jet black if allowed to fully mature and dry. The plants I pulled my seed from where massive so I'm hoping it does well here and is as tasty as it's appearance is beautiful.
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I have tried Knucklehull before as it was supposed to be nematode resistant but it didn't tickle my fancy like the Rippers.
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If I can get a day without rain, I will plant a vining cow pea that I plant every year, called September Peas. My Dad grew these for over 50 years and I have been keeping the seed going. He use to plant them in the corn rows after he harvested the corn and let them vine up the corn stalks. You plant them anytime between June 1 and July 1 here in central NC (zone 7b) and they will be ready to pick in September, hence the name September Peas. They climb up my 5 foot fencing and are prolific. They are a small brown pea that is delicious.
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