Zipper Cream Pea is a southern favorite the tastes like a beautiful blend between a cowpea and English pea. Plants grow to 2-3′ tall and are semi-vining, which provides excellent ground cover for weed suppression during growth. Each plant produces many 6-9″ pods which are medium green in color and will fade slightly as peas mature. Plants will provide several harvests throughout their lifetime. Zipper Cream is very heat-tolerant and performs well when planted in late spring and early fall.
Zipper Cream Pea gets it’s name from the ease of shelling and the creamy texture of the finished product. Each pod has a string that acts as a zipper that makes them a very easy variety to shell. The peas are large and creamy white peas that melt in your mouth when cooked. This variety is excellent when prepared fresh, but also preserves extremely well when blanched and frozen.
We recommend planting Zipper Cream 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.
Zipper Cream 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
Pest Tolerance: Root Knot Nematode