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Old 08-15-2013, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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These are rare and hard to find fresh
unless you live in an area with local farmers
who can still pick and take to a real farmers market.
Best way to get them is to grow your own.

They can be bought frozen but are not nearly
the same as from fresh tasted wise because
in order for mechanical sheller to work he peas
must me harvested past their prime stage.

IMHO Zipper creams have the best flavor and are
by far the easiest variety of cow pea to shell.

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California Blackeye Cowpea Seeds and Plants, Vegetable Gardening at Burpee.com


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Black Eyed Peas immature seeds #1062
Cooked, drained, from fresh raw

1 cup

Weight 165 g
Water 75 %
Calories 160
Protein 5 g
Total Fat 1 g
Sat Fat .2 g
Monounsaturated .1 g
Polyunsaturated fat .3 g
Cholesterol 0 g
Carbohydrate 34 g
Dietary Fiber 8.3 g
Calcium 211 mg
Iron 1.8 MG
Potassium 690 g
Sodium 7 mg
Vitamin A 1305 IU
Vitamin A 130 RE
Thiamin 0.17 mg
Riboflavin 0.24 mg
Niacin 2.3 mg
Ascorbic Acid 4 mg
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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I tried growing a cousin to black-eyed peas - crowder peas. Beautiful plants so far but no peas! I'll try again next year and start them much earlier indoors.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:27 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I tried growing a cousin to black-eyed peas - crowder peas. Beautiful plants so far but no peas! I'll try again next year and start them much earlier indoors.
they don't transplant well. Maybe in peat pots OK. I don't like the flavor of crowders. Conks are great. Crowders do shell easy. Do not use nitrogen fertilizer. That will cause lot of vine and no peas.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:34 PM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Aren't those peas really beans?
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Aren't those peas really beans?
Yes. From my memory if it has not failed they are native to Africa.
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Old 08-16-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Alaska
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If I don't get any peas, I'll give the leaves a try.

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Cowpeas are a common food item in the Southern United States, where they are often called black-eyed peas or field peas. Two subcategories of field peas are crowder peas, so called because they are crowded together in their pods, causing them to have squarish ends, and cream peas.
Cowpea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-16-2013, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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If I don't get any peas, I'll give the leaves a try.



Cowpea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The vines can be made into hay. Never heard of anyone eating a leaf.
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