cowpeas in MA

pnbrownSeptember 3, 2012

I planted a bunch of black-eyed peas this season that I had bought last fall for eating purposes, but did not eat much of because they were not very flavorful. So I have no idea what variety of black-eyed pea they are, but they are doing quite well as seen in the photo. I expect to harvest a pretty good amount as dry beans.

Hopefully they will be a lot tastier this time around:

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wertach zone 7-B SC

Eat them in the shellie stage instead of dry, they taste much better tat way!

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 11:31AM
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pnbrown

I do, not nearly as good as beans, IMO.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 12:18PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

From what I have read on these forums, Black-Eyed peas are not one of the best tasting cowpeas. Try Pink Eye Purple Hull peas or one of the others. Cook them with a bit of any kind of pork fat. Serve over non-sweet corn bread with some of the pot liquor and some hot sauce.

BTW, I find cowpeas to be a reliable, trouble free crop in our region. Yours look great!

Jim

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 1:51PM
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pnbrown

Howdy Jim!

I have a couple of other cowpea varieties going, but haven't yet tasted them separately in contrast with black-eyed.

BTW, I got MBB pretty bad again this year on the Phaseolus, after a near-abscence last year. Luckily it came in pretty late and the plants produced pretty well before the infestation. How was it over there?

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 5:09PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

I haven't seen one MBB this year. The P. foveolatus treatment back in 2007 has paid off magnificently.

And, the pole beans are producing like crazy this year, after last year's weird crop failure.

Jim

Here is a link that might be useful: P. foveolatus Project

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 6:50PM
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pnbrown

Really? You attribute it to the 2007 wasp treatment? Your gardens must be a goodly distance from any large growers.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 7:41AM
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hementia8(8 MS)

My favorites are RED RIPPER and RED BISBEE
Both are very simular, producing 10" pods and very productive
Charlie

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 11:36AM
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jimster(z7a MA)

"Really? You attribute it to the 2007 wasp treatment?"

Yep.

"Your gardens must be a goodly distance from any large growers."

Yep.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2012 at 1:00PM
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ocalagirls

Don't give up on southern peas! Of all the southern peas Black Eyed are the worst for flavor. I stopped growing them all together because of that. Red rippers are very good, but my favorites are zipper creams and conch peas which are the most popular in my neck of the woods. The texture and flavor can't be beat.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 5:31PM
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jimster(z7a MA)

ocalagirls,

I sometimes visit Ocala. Can you tell me a seed and feed store where I can get bulk seeds. I found a place like that several years ago but can't remember exactly where it is. Somewhere in the downtown area.

Jim

    Bookmark   September 7, 2012 at 6:30PM
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pnbrown

Yes, as I said earlier I have 2-3 other cowpeas going this year besides black-eye. One is nearly as big and round as a Romano bean. Huge and easy to shell. I'll definitely save that one.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 7:44AM
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ocalagirls

You're probably thinking of Seminole Feed. It's downtown on Watula Ave.

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 8:04AM
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