History and Facts:
The black-eyed pea originated in China, but it was the Indian and African immigrants who brought this mild-tasting vegetable to the southern United States - hence the Hoppin' John, a dish of beans, rice and pork. The pea that brings good luck on New Year's Day is not really a pea, however, it is a bean. Black-eyed peas are cream-colored and kidney shaped with a black eye.
Black-eyed peas are high in protein and can be used as a substitute for protein for vegetarians.
Black-eyed peas may be stored up to one week at 34 degrees fahrenheit or one day at 45 degrees fahrenheit. They should always be kept refrigerated and should not be stacked more than two packages high.
October through July