Re: [gardeners] Pink peas

David G. Smith (
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 20:16:48 -0400

We won't have most days in the 80's until late June or July.  I think our
last frost is around May 1.  Maybe I'll try late May / early June.  Or
maybe I'll try those extension people. 



At 12:32 PM 4/21/99 -0500, you wrote:
>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
>> >> > 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
>> >> > 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
>> >> about. Allen, you old pea farmer, what say ye?
>> >>
>> >> George
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