The cowpea is one of several species of the widely cultivated genus Vigna. Four subspecies are recognised, of which three are cultivated: Cowpeas are one of the most important food legume crops in the
Common name: Vigna unguiculata Color: brown Bloom time: last summer Height: 80 cm (31.5 in) Difficulty level: easy to grow
Planting & Care Start with a fresh garden bed, nicely weeded with the soil loosened and ready for planting. Stick the seeds straight into the dirt, planting about 1 in. deep and 4-6 inches apart, in rows 18 in. Water thoroughly, then wait a few days for the seeds to germinate.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil: well-drained soil
Fertilizer: Apply any organic fertilizer
This year I thought it would be fun to try growing “field peas” for the first time.
Although they’re called peas, they’re really more like beans, in my opinion.
I wanted to grow them particularly to experiment with drying and storing them.
After a few weeks, the cowpeas will start drying on the vine.
If you’re having a particularly rainy season, you might pick them a little before they turn brown and finish drying indoors so the peas don’t mold.
You also want to pick the pods before they start splitting open.
Special Feature: Put the dried, even mostly dried, pods in a pillowcase. Toss into clothes dryer on very low for about fifteen minutes. The heat will pull out the rest of the moisture AND split the hulls. Dump into a bucket and shake. Shells and seeds will separate Use Medicinal use: