Lots of folks don't know that the vine tips and young leaves of Vigna unguiculata (cowpea, black eye pea, "Clay", zipper pea, crowder pea, White Acre pea, etc.) are edible and nutritious added to stir fry, soups, omelets, stews, etc. I don't like them raw, plus if I rub against the vines shirtless when walking past them I get a painful "burn" that turns into a welt. But I love the fact that the young shiny leaves and abundant vine tips give me food long before the pods form. The blooms are wonderful on salads but of course each one eaten prevents a pod from forming. I've read that in Africa (continent of origin of the species) the mature leaves are harvested, dried then store for later use reconstituted with spices as they are quite rich in plant protein. See recipe below I plan on trying both with fresh and dried leaves. I am buying the peanut butter today.