Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas

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


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