This variety of Shinney (Vigna unguiculata) peas is nearly extinct. We would love for you to help us keep this variety going. We only ask that if you are an experienced gardener who shares the same vision, please buy these and steward them responsibly. Once the standard for southern peas, this variety is drought-tolerant and will grow in almost all soils. 5 ft. vines produce extended harvests of 7-9 in. green pods. Small seeds are light brown with dark speckles, good eaten green or dried. Grown by Jefferson at Monticello.
This smaller-seeded variety is vining and will climb your corn, but won't pull it down. In a report published in 1912 by the United States Department of Agriculture, "Shinney Pea" aka. Whippoorwill was in the top 5 most popular and most widely grown southern peas in the United States. In the 1990s, it was nominated by the Slow Food Ark of Taste Committee for the US South as an ENDANGERED and culturally important variety.
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Feb 16, 2024
Seeds arrived quickly. I’m looking forward to growing them and helping preserve this heirloom variety.
Feb 11, 2024
The seeds arrived quickly and in good condition.
Mar 19, 2023
Mar 13, 2023
The seeds arrived on time and in very good shape.