Sow the seeds directly outdoors, 1" deep in sandy soil. Gently firm the soil, and lightly water. Be sure not to overwater the seeds, as root rot may occur. When the pods are well filled out, they are ready to be harvested.
They contain fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. They are also high in Vitamins A, C, and B6. Black-eyed peas have been shown to improve heart and brain health when eaten regularly. Black eyed peas can be canned, frozen or allowed to dry on the plant for later use. If you dry the peas for storage, first let the pods dry on the plant. Pick the pods and remove the peas. Store bean seeds in a sealed jar in a cool dry place.