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Vigna unguiculata 'Blue Goose'

Family: Papilionaceae (pa-pil-ee-uh-NAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vigna (VIG-nuh) (Info)
Species: unguiculata (un-gwee-kew-LAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Goose
Additional cultivar information: (aka Gray Crowder, Grey Crowder)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Seed Type:
Open Pollinated

Growth Habit:

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Days to Maturity:
61 to 70 days

Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral GeorgiaGinger On Sep 25, 2014, GeorgiaGinger from Columbus, GA wrote:

I first heard of Blue Goose crowder peas when we were visiting family in the country in GA, and were allowed to pick in a field of them. They were huge, round crowders with a dark, rich, and nutty taste.
The next year, we ordered seeds, and the plants did well and produced well, but the peas were not large at all, more like black eye size. Will the Blue Goose I order have the large size and same taste?
All the above was many years ago... we have not grown peas until this year, with all our other container plants and vegetables.
Can anyone guess what kind of crowder or field pea was common 50 to 75 years ago in south AL? I still remember eating my granddaddy's peas and tomato sandwiches every night in the summer. They tasted just like peanuts!!! I was too young to know about legumes... still wonder what kind they were.

Positive lssfishhunter On Dec 16, 2012, lssfishhunter from Jonesville, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

These peas are a little smaller than other varieties. They produce really well and taste a little stronger than some varieties but I like them.

Positive melody On Jan 23, 2003, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

An old variety pre-dating 1800.First mentioned in documents from Jamacia.

The information I had on these said vines up to 36",but mine grew over 6 feet and climbed just like a pole bean.I'm not sure what is normal,but prepare for more vines than the 36".

A good cowpea that cooks up with a nutty flavor.It has a dark pot liquor and is quite tasty with ham hock and cornbread.

The Grey Crowder is also known as Blue Goose. This is a very old
variety.They make a brown pot liquor and are a very nutty tasting pea.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Columbus, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Jonesville, South Carolina

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