Re: [gardeners] Pink peas

Allen and Judy Merten (
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 12:32:15 -0500

Hi David,
    The recommended planting date here is 2 to 10 weeks after the last spring
frost date. Date here is March 10th. If I figure right that is from late March to
mid May. It does indeed need to be warm for those Southern specialties like
Crowder, Purple Hull, Black Eyed, Cream Peas, and Okra.
    By mid May the temperatures here are at least 90*. April has had most days at
80* - 85* I think that in the average year, March is a little iffy for being warm
    If you can plant  in that 2-10 week window after the frost date you will
probably be ok. Contact your county extension agent. I got a pamphlet titled " A
Planning Guide for Your Home Garden" from the extension service. It gives you
specific vegetable, spring or fall garden planting time by so many weeks before or
after last frost date. It even has a list of recommend plant varieties.
Happy Gardening,
Bastrop Co.
SE Central Tx.
    Willhite is a good outfit.

David G. Smith wrote:

> I had to look through a lot of catalogs to find those, but there they are
> in Gurney's, Pinkeye Purplehull BVR, 64 days.  Seems like they should do
> fine here.  I had all my rows planned already but I think I'll try to fit
> some in.  Do they need it warm when they're planted?
> Maybe I'll get that Willhite catalog, can't have too many seed catalogs.
> David
> At 01:37 AM 4/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
> >Hi George and David,
> >    Pinkeyes are a variety of Purple Hull Peas. Willhite Seed Inc,
> Poolville, Tx.
> >has 3 kinds of Pinkeyes: CT Purple Hull Pinkeye pods are purple at shell
> stage,
> >6-7 inches long, the pea is light green with a red eye at green shell
> stage and
> >turn white with maroon eye when dry.
> >    Pinkeye Purple Hull BVR: pods are purple, pea is cream color with a
> maroon
> >eye.
> >    Texas Pinkeye: bush type with no runners, pods are green and purple in
> >immature stage, dark purple when ready for mature-green harvest, and
> purple when
> >dry. Fresh peas are kidney shaped and green with a bright pink eye. The
> dry pea
> >has a smooth to slightly wrinkled cream colored seed coat with a dark
> maroon eye.
> >
> >    Willhite Seed has a website: www.WILLHITESEED.COM
> >David, if you have never eaten Purple Hull Peas you gotta try them. They will
> >make you through away the Black Eyes.
> >    Old pea farmin' Allen
> >    Bastrop Co.
> >    SE Central Tx.
> >
> >George Shirley wrote:
> >
> >> "David G. Smith" wrote:
> >>
> >> > I wonder if some of you southerners could answer a question.  (Not
> that I'm
> >> > entirely a yankee; my father is from southwest Virginia and my mother
> from
> >> > east Tennessee.  I was born in Kentucky.)  Anyway, the question.
> >> >
> >> > A former co-worker was from east Texas, and he said everyone there eats
> >> > something called "pink peas".  He didn't know a lot about them,
> though, not
> >> > a gardener.  I heard from someone else that they are the same as
> black-eyed
> >> > peas, but picked earlier.  Is that true?  Could I plant a few black-eyed
> >> > peas from the grocery store and grow some?
> >> >
> >> > David Smith
> >>
> >> I'm from SE Texas and never heard of pink peas. Could he be referring to
> pink
> >> crowders, a southern pea but separate from black-eyed peas. Black-eyed peas
> >> don't look pink to me when they're immature so not sure what he's talking
> >> about. Allen, you old pea farmer, what say ye?
> >>
> >> George
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >