300 Mississippi Silver Cowpea (vigna unguiculata) AKA Field Peas,Southern Peas | GARDEN & OUTDOOR

300 Mississippi Silver Cowpea (vigna unguiculata) AKA Field Peas,Southern Peas

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$ 3.24
SKU P16428S

Cowpea non-GMO ancient Heirloom 300 Organic vegetable seeds



Adapted to hot humid climates. 
Does well in most climates. Pods average 6-7 " long, and are silver colored, occasionally streaked with rose. Easy to grow and shell. If using for Nitrogen fixation we highly recommend using a cowpea inoculant. MIssissippi Silver cowpea has approximately 150 seeds per ounce (2,400/lb.).

Product Details 
Zones: 3-9
Germination: 3-8 days 
Days to Maturity: 85 days 
Pod Length: 6-7" inches or longer

Pod Color: Green
Plant Height: 24-36" inches
Comments: Disease resistant
Packet: 1 ounce
Seed Count: Approximately 2,400 seeds per pound.

  Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) - Warm season, broadleaf - Annual - Legume (N-fixation) - Crude protein: 19-24% - C:N ratio: 18-22   Uses: - Bees & Beneficial Insects - Chicken Forage - Deer Attractant - Erosion Control - Green Manure - Nitrogen Fixation


  • Produces well even when it is too hot and humid for snap beans.
  • Pods are held on a short vine and mature in about the same time as okra.
  • May be eaten whole when young or shelled for their seeds when mature.
  • Vigorous vines 3 to 3 1/2 feet with runners.
  • Long narrow pods, filled with edible peas good either green or dried.


Cowpea is one of the most ancient crops known to man. Its origin and subsequent domestication is associated with pearl millet and sorghum in Africa. It is now a broadly adapted and highly variable crop, cultivated around the world primarily for seed, but also as a vegetable (for leafy greens, green pods, fresh shelled green peas, and shelled dried peas), a cover crop and for fodder. Cowpea has a number of common names, including crowder pea, black-eyed pea and southern pea.

Easy to grow and sprouts in 8-10 days.
Matures in 60-70 days.

Origins , Africa where it's still cultivated to this day. It sustains the people who live on the very edge of existence and it thrives in hot, dry conditions.Brought across the Atlantic to the Caribbean Basin,  it was introduced to the Americas during this dark portion of our history. There are records of its use in Jamaica as early as 1675. It has documented use in Florida in 1700 and North Carolina in 1714.

Cowpeas were often known as a "poor man's" food; the landed gentry of the Eastern seaboard preferred the English Pea,Pisum sativum and considered the cowpea simply that: peas grown to feed the cows. George Washington imported 40 bushels of what he called "pease" from Jamaica in 1797 to plant in his fields for forage, but no record exists that he actually sampled them himself.

Cowpeas consist of an average of 24% protein, are rich in the amino acids lysine and tryptophan and are most nutritious when eaten in combination with cereals.The Southern custom of serving peas with cornbread, rice or biscuits is a tradition that is actually healthy, although carbohydrate heavy. This makes them an ideal food for vegetarians and people who limit their meat intake. The young shoots and leaves can be cooked and eaten in a manner similar to asparagus, or they can be prepared as one would any green such as turnip greens and collards. The ancient Romans and the peoples of the Mediterranean Basin were familiar with them and ate cowpeas prepared in a number of different ways. The young pea pods were often prepared as one would snap beans. The dried leaves are still used today as a meat substitute in poorer




When the cowpea reached the southern United States, it was a perfect marriage of plant, climate, and economic conditions. Southern farmers embraced the pea enthusiastically and through the years many varieties were developed. Some becoming regional favorites, but little known elsewhere. 





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