Cowpea, Fast Lady Northern Southern Pea (Organic)

Vigna unguiculata. White. 65 days fresh, 90 dry.

An excellent, productive, early variety of white seeded cowpea. Beans have a creamy texture and do not require soaking before cooking. Pods are solid and hold well above the ground on compact upright bushes so they can take some wet weather and not succumb to mold. Beautiful yellow flowers that pollinators go nuts for – but not to pollinate. Instead, they seem to drink the plant’s nectar at the base of the closed flower. Our crops have two good flushes of pods. The early pods hold until the later ones are ready, making this bean extra productive and easy to harvest. Bred by Carol Deppe who selected it to thrive in our cool Oregon summers. It can also handle the heat of summer that is increasingly becoming our norm.


Direct sow 1” deep when soil temps have reached 65°F, ideally by early June for dry beans. Plant at 2-4” in-row spacing and 12” between rows. Very heat and drought tolerant, also good as summer leguminous cover crop. For dry beans, pull entire plants & allow to after-ripen and dry before processing. May also be eaten green at any stage.

Seed Saving

Collect seeds from beans that are fully dry. Shell by hand, winnow or screen to clean. Cowpeas are self-pollinating and do not need isolation for seed saving purposes

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