Blackeyed Peas

black-eyed peas
Originally known as cowpeas, this legume as an important part of the West African diet. Thomas Jefferson preferred it to English field peas, praising it as “… very productive, excellent food for man and beast.” An early Virginia cookbook included a recipe for fired cakes made of mashed black-eyed peas, a delicacy prepared by West Africans since the Middle Ages.

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