The hull colours of Crowder Peas can be anything from white (making them Crowder Cream Peas) to brown to purple to black. In general, most tend to be darker, and have more flavour than Black-Eyed Peas.
If Crowder Peas are going to be eaten fresh, they must be picked before maturity. If they are going to be dried for use as dried peas, they need to be allowed to fully mature.
Crowder Peas need longer cooking than green sweet peas (aka English or garden peas.)
Very young Crowder Peas can be cooked whole in the pod; otherwise, they need to be shelled.