Cowpeas (Southern Peas)
I don't know whether to ask this on this forum or the Bean Forum. But here goes.
I started growing cowpeas, aka Southern peas, a few years ago out of curiosity about Southern food. It's hard to find information about cowpeas because here, in the North, they are practically unknown whereas, in the South they're such a basic part of the cuisine that they don't get written about or discussed very much.
As for me, I started from scratch, having grown up without the family traditions that all Southerners seem to have about which cowpeas are best and the best way to prepare them. I have grown them, cooked them and eaten them for three or four years now, but that's just scratching the surface. I have limited space and, since I want my saved seed to stay pure, I am able to try only one or two varieties each year. I could benefit from your experience.
Here are some which I am considering for next year and beyond:
Knuckle Purple Hull
Pinkeye Purple Hull
Speckled Purple Hull
Purple Hull Crowder
Which of these do you consider best? Are there others you like better than any of these?
Any special cooking or serving tips will be appreciated.