Pretzel Bean

Pretzel Bean Seeds

Curly-Q of a Cowpea

Vigna unguiculata
Eat tender beans fresh, or let dry.
Yields abundant crops of edible green pretzel-shaped pods, which are excellent fried or sauteed. Or, leave on plant to dry and eat like cowpeas. Will twine on poles like pole beans or ramble over the ground if left to grow untrained.
Product ID# BN0503 , Grown in the Northeast

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Quick Facts
Days to Germination 3 to 10 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth ½ inch
Spacing in Row 4 to 8 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 48 inches
Detailed Product Info

Pretzel Beans are not common beans, but rather a sub-species of cowpea known in the 19th century as "ram's horn" cowpea. Each plant yields abundant crops of edible green pretzel-shaped pods as well as dry peas. Pretzel beans will twine on poles like pole beans but also will ramble over the ground if allowed to grow untrained. The dry seeds can be cooked like any other black-eyed cowpea.

Growing Instructions

Since these cowpeas require a 80-90 day growing season, for best results plant as early as possible, preferably forced seedlings set out in May about the same time as tomatoes. Pretzel beans will twine on poles like pole beans but also will ramble over the ground if allowed to grow untrained. The dry seeds can be cooked like any other black-eye cowpea.