Mississippi Purple Hull Cowpea


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The Mississippi Purple Cowpea also known as a "Southern Field Pea" or "Brown Crowder Pea" is a prolific yielder with 8-inch long pods that contain 12-15 smooth, tan peas that are closely bunched together (hence the nickname "crowder" peas) and can shell out easily. These peas are incredibly productive and heat tolerant, making them an easy pick for Southerners. The Mississippi Purple Cowpea has a brighter red/pink pod compared to the dark purple pod of the Mississippi Purplehull Cowpea. Crowders are also incredible source of dietary fiber and protein, which makes this classic a no-brainer!

Species Cowpea, Mississippi Purple (Brown Crowder)
Plant Size 2-4 Feet Tall

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Country of Origin

United States


Full Sun, Partial Shade

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Planting Instructions:

Soak overnight in warm water for 8-12 hours, no more than 24-hours. Plant 1 inch in soil after danger of frost has passed in Spring whenever air temperatures are reliably above 70F and soil temperatures are above 60F.

Within-Row Spacing 2-6 inches
Between-Row Spacing 24 inches

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 648
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Saturated fat 0.4 g 2%
Polyunsaturated fat 0.2 g
Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 10 mg 0%
Potassium 2,470 mg 70%
Total Carbohydrate 124 g 41%
Dietary fiber 25 g 100%
Protein 39 g 78%
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 13% Iron 54%
Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 35%
Cobalamin 0% Magnesium 62%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.