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Zipper Cream Southern Pea
Zipper Cream cowpea seeds.
Zipper Cream Southern Pea
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Zipper Cream Certified Naturally Grown Seed

66 days — 'Zipper Cream' is an easy shelling cream pea with high yields and a delicious flavor. It is great both fresh or processed. The pods are medium green in color with large white, creamy peas. At the green-shell stage, the string in the pod acts like a zipper making shelling easier. The pod turns a straw color when dry. The plants are a low, bushy-type structure with extensive runners. This makes them very productive.

Developed by the Florida Agricultural Experimental Station in Gainesville, Florida by stabilizing a complex cross involving 'Korean Crowder', 'Mississippi 32', and 'Running Acre' and introduced in 1972.[2]  They are resistant to root knot nematodes[1] and although primarily adapted for longer, Southern growing seasons, they do well for us here on the farm in Oregon. That said, our dry pea harvest is primarily made from the pods that set on the bushy part of the plant, whereas in locations with longer growing seasons, the pods on the runners would be able to reach maturity as well.

For over forty years now, 'Zipper Cream' peas have remained a very popular variety. However, they do have a reputation for not tolerating damp soil. Our seeds are chemically untreated so keep this in mind when sowing. If you plant when the ground is too cool and too wet, you will lose a lot of seed.  Each packet contains 0.5 ounce, which is about 60 seeds.

References:
  1. "The Plant Disease Handbook," Texas A&M University
  2. "Vegetable Cultivar Descriptions for North America - Southernpea (Cowpea), Lists 1-26 Combined," Edited by Richard Fery, USDA/ARS Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, SC
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