Re: [gardeners] Purple-hull peas

margaret lauterbach (
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 08:49:18 -0600

>Purple hulls, blackeyes, pink, lady, and field peas are all "southern"
>peas and the taste is similar among them. Just enough difference to make
>a difference as they say. I really like the taste of blackeyes and lady
>peas but am somewhat indifferent to crowders, even though we grow them.
>IIRC field peas is the name most of the old timers around home gave to a
>variety of crowders that they grew. I know my Dad grew "black field
>peas" he got from his great uncle. We lost the seed when our freezer
>failed back in the early seventies. Tried planting the thawed seed but
>it had been too long. They made a pod like a short crowder but had a
>"fatter" pea that was black when fully ripe just like regular crowders.
>Someone jog my memory, who is that has dozens of "southern peas" in
>their catalog. I've looked through all of mine and must have thrown out
>that one.
>George, hoping for rain as we are under a "no watering" edict.
My only "sothron" seed catalog is Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and it
has five varieties of "Southern peas." 
Calico Crowder (Hereford pea, polecat pea), Mississippi Silver, Queen Anne
Blackeye pea, Big Red Ripper (Mandy) -- especially popular in Tejas -- and
Pinkeye Purple Hull. None id-ed as 'lady peas.' Margaret L