PEAS BLACK EYED MEDIUM PACKET EAT AS GREEN SNAP BEANS THEN SAVE THE BEANS FOR LATER! $0.75

BLACK EYED PEAS! FIXES NITROGEN AND DELIVERS IT BACK TO YOUR SOIL WHILE PRODUCING TONNES OF DELICIOUS SNAP PEAS TO PICK AND THEN FINALLY THE BEANS MATURE AND CAN BE USED FOR SOUPS AND ALL YOUR RECIPES! SOMETIMES CALLED BLACK EYED BEANS, THESE HAVE BEEN TAGGED BEANS BLACK EYED.

Black-eyed peas are associated with the U.S. South and especially as a symbol of good luck on New Year’s Day. However, black-eyed peas are certainly not exclusive to the Southern states.

In fact, they are grown worldwide. Dozens of black-eyed pea varieties exist, some are old heirlooms and others are currently being bred for different qualities. The most commonly grown type is these – California Blackeye; the buff-coloured beans with a black dot in the curve.

History and Overview

Black-eyed peas are a type of cowpea and are closely related to the asparagus bean. They have been grown since colonial times in the United States. Black-eyed peas, as with all legumes, fix nitrogen in their roots, leaving it in the soil for the following vegetable planted in its place. You get a delicious vegetable and a fertilizer, all in one.

They’re called “Black-eyed” because of the prominent black dot where the bean was joined to the pod. Despite this quirk, black-eyed peas are grown the same as other legumes and are actually closer to a bean than a pea. And despite the name, the eye can be a different colour altogether, although they tend to turn a shade of purple when cooked.

The leaves of the black-eyed pea plant are the familiar pointed, heart-shape common to beans. They grow alternately and can be smooth or fuzzy. Some varieties will have a tinge of purple to the stems. The flowers can be white or shades of yellow, pink, or purple. They are only open for one day, but they’re very attractive to pollinating insects.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in moist, well-draining soil.

It is necessary to supply a trellis or alternate structure as support for the plant.

Sow
Sow direct in late Summer, Autumn or Spring, planting seeds at a depth of 20mm with 10cm plant spacing and 50cm row spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
7-30 days at 10-25°C

Maturity
80-100 days, Annual.

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