Crowder Peas

Recipes for Crowder Peas

Crowder Peas are just slightly diffent than black-eyed peas, or cowpeas. They are all different names for pretty much the same legume. A legume is a plant with pods that contain edible seeds. Their namesake derives from the black spot which conspicuously rests on the one end of their beige colored body.

The crowder pea is a good source of diatary fiber. They are rich in potassium with good amounts of calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. They also have small amounts of iron, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. Crowder peas are rich in vitamin A and C. They have a good amount of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. They also have a small amount of folate.

Not only are they good for humans, crowder peas are great for the earth. They are able to fix nitrogen, meaning nitrogen from the air is taken in by the plant and bacteria living in the roots and convert it to a useable plant nutrient. Because of this process, nitrogen-fixing plants improve soil quality by adding nutrients back into the soil.

Storage and Handling Store fresh shelled peas in the refrigerator for about a week. Crowder peas are easily frozen by blanching and storing in ziplock bags. See our vegetable blanching page for more information.

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