Lofthouse Landrace Cowpea
Vigna unguiculata subsp. unguiculata
Origin: Paradise, Utah
Improvement status: Landrace
Seeds per packet: ~45
Germination tested 11/2021: 98%
Life cycle: Annual
Another very special offering from breeder Joseph Lofthouse of Paradise, Utah, this cowpea landrace has been selected to handle the extreme climate of Utah's Cache Valley. Cowpeas are originally from Africa, so they tend to like long seasons and a lot of heat. This landrace is adapted to Joseph's very short growing season and cooler temperatures. These cowpeas come in a range of colors: brown, red, grey, white, tan, purple, and mottled. Most do not resemble the classic "black-eyed pea," but these are all the same species and can be used the same way. We love cowpeas most when picked while still plump inside fat green pods. These "shelly beans" are delicious boiled or steamed with little more than butter and salt (or sauteed ham-hock or bacon, for the carnivores out there). They also make a great protein-rich dry bean for long-term storage. The unripe pods are also edible, with an earthier taste than regular green beans. And cowpea leaves are one of the most protein-rich green foods on the plant, tasty raw or cooked. No doubt some of these plants will have better tasting leaves than others, so this is a great population to use for a cowpea leaf breeding project! We're thrilled to be offering so many of Joseph's diverse seed crops and are excited to learn about all of the amazing new varieties our customers develop from them over the coming years and decades!