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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Sturgeons have five rows of bony plates, called scutes, covering the head and body. These scutes are often found in the excavation of James Fort; the abundance of scutes in the archeological record supports the historical record.