Summertime Pinkeye Pea is one of our favorite varieties of “field peas”. This crowder pea variety has compact, semi-bushy plants that have a relatively upright growing habit. You don’t have to plunder through the foliage to harvest this variety. The pods grow on the top of the plant, making harvest fast and easy. Summertime Pinkeye is a heavy-yielding pea that will produce several bountiful harvests throughout the lifetime of the plant. It is heat-tolerant and can be grown into early summer and planted again in early fall.
Summertime Pinkeye Pea produces green pods that mature to a purple color. Once purple, the pods are very easy to shell. The peas are a bright green color with a touch of pink on the “eye” of the pea. This color is retained through cooking and preservation. Summertime peas are great when prepared fresh, but also hold very well in the freezer when blanched and vacuum-sealed.
We recommend planting Summertime Pinkeye Pea using a walk-behind planter like our Hoss Garden Seeder. Use a #5 seed plate, but always check the hole size and modify if necessary. Because it has a semi-vining growing habit, allow 3-4′ of growing space for each row. Field peas, or “crowder peas”, do very well when planted on double rows. Plant two rows about 6″ apart, then skip over 3-4′ and plant another double row. This will allow you to maximize garden space and produce more vegetables per square foot of garden. Peas should be harvested when pods are full and shelling is easy. If the pods do not shell easily, they likely need to stay on the plant longer.
Summertime Pinkeye Pea Planting Information
Planting Method: direct seed
When to Plant: after last frost
Planting Depth: 1″
Seed Spacing: 3-4″
Row Spacing: 3-4′
Days to Maturity: 65
Disease Tolerance: None