Top Pick Pinkeye Pea is an open-pollinated cowpea variety known for its concentrated pod set at the top of the plant. This southern pea is an improved pinkeye variety that produces delicious, cream-colored peas. They have a creamy texture and a sweeter, more earthy flavor than traditional pinkeye pea varieties. Plants have a relatively compact, bush growing habit. Pods are concentrated at the top of the plant for easy harvesting. This also helps to keep the pods clean and less likely to get splashed by soil during periods of heavy precipitation.
Pods average 8″ long and will turn purple when they are ready to harvest. Top Pick Pinkeye pods are fast-maturing and easy to shell. This is a great variety for home gardeners and small-scale market farmers. Although relatively drought tolerant, southern peas will perform best when planted on drip irrigation to ensure adequate water throughout the plants life cycle. Top Pick Pinkeye Pea is a great storage variety and may be frozen, canned or dried for future use.
We recommend planting Top Pick 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.
Top Pick 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/Pest Resistance: None