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Black-eyed Beans are cultivated in many regions across the globe, and are so-called for the small black 'eye' where the bean is adjoined to the pod within the shell and are actually a cow pea. Despite the name, they are more similar to beans than peas and share many of the same culture requirements as other legumes. They are commonly enjoyed in the cuisine of the southern US as a 'soul food', and are said to bring good luck if eaten on New Year's Day. Black eyed bean can be harvested as either a snap bean at approximately 60 days after germination, or as a dry bean after about 90 days. Black-eyed bean are susceptible to cold, and will not tolerate frost. Beans generally do not respond well to transplanting, and are usually direct sown around or just after the last spring frost. The most important point about growing beans is not to plant them too early. They will rot in cool, damp soil. Even so, many beans require a long growing season of 80 days or more. To get an earlier start, you can put down black plastic, to warm the soil.