Black Eyed Pea Fact Sheet
Origin: West Africa or Asia, one of the most ancient crops known
Also Known As: Cowpea, southern pea, lobia, chawalie, niebe
Staple Today: United States (esp. Southern U.S.), India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Africa, Portugal, Turkey, Caribbean, Indonesia
Major Producers: Largest international production in Africa. In the US, primary production in Arkansas, California and Texas.
Flavor Profile: Nutty, earthy, butter. Distinct flavor.
Texture: Black Eyed Peas hold their shape well with velvety interior
Nutrition Highlights: An excellent source of calcium, folate and Vitamin A
Fun Facts: Eating black eyed peas on New Years Day is a tradition in the United States and is thought to bring prosperity. This tradition started centuries ago as a part of Rosh Hashana, or the Jewish New Year.
Common Dishes: Hoppin’ Johns, Texas Caviar