Tohono O’odham Pea

$3.25

Extremely drought- and heat-tolerant variety with handsome, speckled seeds.

Description

Vigna unguiculada

Extremely drought- and heat-tolerant variety with handsome, speckled seeds.

Native Seed/SEARCH says all Black-eyed peas came to the US by Africans brought here as slaves. However, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange claims this variety to be native to the southwestern US and stewarded by the Tohono O’odham Nation. Regardless of its provenance, this is a superb variety for a drought-tolerant summer cover crop or a companion to corn in a 3 sisters type planting. We plant it in blocks in a quilt pattern with “quilt squares” of corn and ones of winter squash. They grow rapidly and provide good ground cover, all while fixing nitrogen all summer! This variety is beautiful and delicious. Semi-bush habit.

Though cowpeas haven’t really become all the rage in the Intermountain West, we believe it’s high time! They’re excellent nitrogen fixers, and they can be eaten at several stages. In the “green bean” stage they’re delicious and a more crisp than Phaseolus beans. In the “green” stage, you can shell them and eat the peas like fresh favas without that pesky additional husk. Or, you can let the pods dry completely on the plant and harvest for storage, to be cooked like other dry beans.

50 seeds. 63 days to maturity.