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Looking for a particular Southern shell pea

Posted by leylowe 8b (My Page) on
Tue, Jan 2, 07 at 21:35

So glad to find this forum! I'm planning my first backyard vegetable garden for next spring and summer, and I'd really like to grow a pea that I grew up eating in middle GA but now cannot find anywhere. My grandfather grew what we called "little white peas." The name we gave them is misleading because they weren't white, they were light green both before and after cooking. They are not the tan-colored white acre peas, but are actually smaller and greener. They are not the purple hull ones either. I found a picture at the website linked below which looks very much like what I remember. This grower calls them conk peas - a name I've never heard, and says they are also called "green acre peas" or "cream peas." Does anyone here know how I can get my hands on some, and is "conk" the right name of the pea I'm thinking of? Thanks for any help!

Here is a link that might be useful: picture of conk peas

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RE: Looking for a particular Southern shell pea

Did you try contacting the grower you refer to? Seems like that would be the best starting point.

I can't find any reference just to conk (probably conch?). But both William Woys Weaver and Jere Gettle grow a Running Conch, and list it in the SSE Yearbook. That may be what you're looking for. Here's the description: "long vining plants, good yields of small, delicious cream-colored peas, great for growing in the South, one of the parent varieties of Zipper Cream, an heirloom of the late 1800s." Gettle lists it at MR, which would indicate it's in tight supply. This is supported by the fact it is not listed in his catalog.

Weaver, who adds that it's best for the deep South, got his seed originally from J.L. Hudson. So you might check the Hudson catalog to see if it's still listed.

RE: Looking for a particular Southern shell pea

What you are looking for is conk or green acre peas. Zipper cream peas are very close in taste, just easier to shell, and a little larger. Check Victory seed company, as they are one of the only places have found them. If not mistaken they call them Texas cow peas. There is a company in Plant City, FL,- (Southwestern Produce) that will send them to you already shelled and frozen. Not all bad if you can't get them any other way. Have done it a couple of times since moving to Colorado.

RE: Looking for a particular Southern shell pea

Seems like most white peas are greenish in color before they are mature....

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