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Though these look pretty different, they're members of the same species and can interbreed.


Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata unguiculata
Also called: black-eyed beans, black-eyed peas, cowpeas, cream peas, crowder peas, field peas
Plant type: bush or vine
Native to: West Africa
Parts eaten: young or mature seeds (cooked)

List of all Southern Pea varieties.

Yard-long Beans

Scientific name: Vigna unguiculata sesquipedalis
Also called: asparagus beans, long beans, snake beans, yardlong beans
Plant type: tropical vine
Native to: Africa
Parts eaten: young pods (cooked)

List of all Yard-long Bean varieties.