Peas Are Cold Weather Crops: All peas are cool weather crops, except for Southern peas.

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Peas Are Cold Weather Crops

By RickCorey
January 10, 2014

My Favorite Snow Pea Pod and Snap Pea Pod Varieties

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hazelnut
Jan 11, 2014 1:46 PM CST
http://www.victoryseeds.com/peas_southern.html

Black eye peas, crowder peas, cream peas, are summer crops in the South. To a Southerner those green podded peas that grow in the early Spring are "English Peas".

Didn't mean to by contrary, Rick.
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Jan 13, 2014 1:53 PM CST
Good point! I always enjoy making distinctions and finding places where the plant world confounds us by making things that we gave the same names very DIFFERENT things.

Just like I've never gardened on anything but heavy clay soil, I've never dealt with REAL heat, like down-south heat. CT and NJ could get up to 100 F, but that was seldom, and a cold spring or fall was never more than 2-3 months away in recent past or near future.

Anyway, I never tried any of those peas you named. Are they green pods, green peas, very sweet, and eaten fresh? Or are they dried and eaten like dry beans for soup? I know that even English peas can be dried and saved for soup (but what a waste!)

I've also heard "shelling peas" called "English peas", to distinguish them from mangiatuto peas ("eat-the-whole-thing").

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hazelnut
Jan 13, 2014 8:10 PM CST
Yes. Southern peas are more like dried beans. A thing to do on a summer's evening is for the ladies to sit on the front porch and shell peas, the pods are dried and crack open easily. You do this while listening to the cicadas. Ive noticed a few peas that can be found in the freezer case: black eye, cream, crowder, but more often they are with the dried beans in cellophane sacks. Peas can also be found in cans, already cooked. No you don't eat the pods, they are dried, the peas shell out easily once you crack the seam between your thumb and forefinger. Then you take all the pods and dump them in the chicken yard. Ive never heard of anyone eathing Southern peas fresh, as you would "English peas" or the Asian edible podded peas.

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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
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RickCorey
Jan 13, 2014 8:47 PM CST
>> often they are with the dried beans in cellophane sacks.

Back when my income was very limited and variable, I had a 5-gallon tub half-full of things like navy beans and dried peas for pea soup, based on what was on sale. I might have had some of those "Southern peas" back then.

My plan was to always have something edible to fall back on. I came to dislike oatmeal from those days!

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hazelnut
Jan 14, 2014 8:39 AM CST
Back when my income was very limited

I still have that -- a stash of beans and dried peas.

Beans are beautiful, also. Here is the image page for Heirloom Beans:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search;_ylt=A0oG7qeoS9VSp...

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hazelnut
Jan 14, 2014 11:04 AM CST
A selection of heirloom peas:

http://www.heritageharvestseed.com/peasaf.html

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