Southern Peas

(Vigna unguiculata)
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Southern Peas (Vigna unguiculata) aka cowpeas aka field peas aka black-eyed peas!

OUR WORK

In 2019 the Utopian Seed Project grew over forty varieties of Southern Pea. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange donated their entire collection to the grow out, and we requested 14 varieties from the USDA GRIN database on the advice of Dr. David Shields. The USDA varieties were selected for their cultural or historical significance and one variety, USDA #1 aka the Conch Pea rose to the top of our culinary evaluation and in collaboration with Dr. Shields was accepted onto the Slow Food Ark of Taste. In 2020 we are focusing on a seed grow out of both the vining and the bush varieties for more culinary work and a wider distribution of the seeds.

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