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