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Black-eyed peas

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Black-eyed and yellow-eyed beans are called “peas” in the Southern US.

They are oval with either a black or yellow spot.

Blackeye peas are extensively used in soups, especially in the South where they are grown. Black-eyed peas are favored for Hopping John, a Southern living specialty.

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Dried Bean Purchasing Guide

Dried beans should be clean, uniform in size and quality. Today dried beans are usually sold pre-packaged and a reliable brand will guarentee clean, uniformly sized beans.

1 pound, raw = approximately 2 1/3 cups

1 pound, cooked = approximately 6 cups


After opening the package place the unused beans in a clean, tightly covered container and store on the pantry shelf.

Kitchen shelf: 1 year

Refrigerator shelf, cooked, covered: 3 to 4 days

Refrigerator freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepare for freezing: 1 month

Deep Freezer, cooked beans and cooked bean dishes, prepared for freezing: 4 to 6 months

Basic Preparation

Packaged beans are usually sorted and washed before packaging, so need only be rinsed.

Bean bought in bulk should be sorted carefully, discarding broken and defective beans, and washed until the water runs clear.

It's a good idea to soak the beans to replace some of the water lost during the drying process.

In general, if directions are not given on the package, use the amount of water called for in the recipe; save the nutritious soaking water to use in cooking the beans.

There are two ways of soaking dried beans:

  1. Quick method: Measure the soaking water into a large, heavy pot. Add the washed beans and bring to the boil. Cover the pot and cook for 2 minutes; remove from heat and let stand for one hour, then cook according to recipe directions.

  2. Overnight method: Measure the soaking water into a large pot; add washed beans; cover pot, and let stand for 6 to 8 hours. To prevent souring and hard skins the two minute boil above is recommended even when the beans are soaked overnight.

Add one teaspoon of salt per cup of soaked beans. If ham, bacon or salt pork is to be added use a smaller amount of salt.

Always try to cook in the soaking water. Cover the pot and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer according to the recipe.

Stir carefully but not too often to avoid breaking apart the beans. When done they should hold their shape as well as be tender. Cooking time can range from 20 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on the type of bean and how long they have been stored.

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Trappey's Jalapeno Black eye Peas ,  With Slab Bacon, 15.5-Ounces  (Pack of 6)

Trappey's Jalapeno Black eye Peas , With Slab Bacon, 15.5-Ounces (Pack of 6)

by Trappey's

Prepared blackeye peas There are 130 calories in 1 serving Low Cholesterol, fat


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Goya Black Eyed Peas Beans, 1 Pound

Goya Black Eyed Peas Beans, 1 Pound

by Goya

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Organic Cowpea White Whole (Black Eyed White Beans) (2 Lbs)

Organic Cowpea White Whole (Black Eyed White Beans) (2 Lbs)

Also known as black eyed peas, cowpeas are commonly referred to as lobia peas in India. With a small black dot that resembles an eye, these white legumes are a perfect complement to menus and recipes. They can be used as an addition to salads or cooked with cumin, coriander and other spices to make dal. As a certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, vegan and gluten-free product, organic cowpeas complement vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free lifestyles as a high protein and high fiber option. High in protein and fiber, organic white cowpeas provide a rich source of iron with nearly half or 47.8 percent of the daily recommended iron intake. As a Certified USDA Organic product, whole white cowpeas are produced and grown and using methods that preserve the environment while avoiding synthetic materials such as pesticides and antibiotics. Additionally, organic white cowpeas are a vegan and GMO-free food, which means that it excludes all forms of animal products including eggs, seafood, meat, dairy, honey and poultry and that no changes were introduced via genetic engineering into its DNA. There are approximately 20 servings of organic white cowpeas in the two-pound package. Store this product in cool, dry place that's away from direct sunlight.


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Black-eyed Peas, 5 Pounds (five lbs), (Beans), Dried, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Bulk

Black-eyed Peas, 5 Pounds (five lbs), (Beans), Dried, USDA Certified Organic, Non-GMO, Bulk

Certified Organic, Non-GMO; Grown in the USA! Makes delicious homemade soups, dips, salads, etc. Inexpensive protein and great fiber to add to your diet. Ships bulk; saves you BIG money! Some folks call these black-eyed beans.


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Sylvia's Black Eye Peas, 15 Ounce Package (Pack of 12)

Sylvia's Black Eye Peas, 15 Ounce Package (Pack of 12)

by Sylvia's

Pack of twelve, 15 ounce (Total of 180 ounce)


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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (145g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 130Calories from Fat 4
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0.1g 1%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27.4g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 29%
Sugars 4.4
Protein 4.3g
Vitamin A 24% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 18% Iron 9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Black-eyed peas are usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Black-eyed peas are a member of the Vegetables and Vegetable Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do black-eyed peas weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 145

In Chinese:黑眼豆豆
British (UK) term: Black-eyed peas
en français:haricots à oeil noir
en español:guisantes de ojo negro

Recipes using black-eyed peas

There are 80 recipes that contain this ingredient.

5 Bean Soup
Southern Living Braised Collards with Bacon and Black-Eyed Peas
Spicy Bean and Corn Salsa - Superbowl
Texas Caviar - Superbowl
Traditional Hopping John

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