A small beige bean with a black circular “eye” at the inner curve. Originally cultivated for animal fodder, but now a popular legume. The black-eyed pea is thought to have been introduced to the United States through the African slave trade. If the “eye” is yellow, called a yellow-eyed pea.  Also called the “cowpea”.

It is particularly popular in U.S. Southern states.

plural: black-eyed peas

Ethnicity: Asian Ingredient

Season: available year-round

How to select: fresh or dried

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