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Black-eyed peas

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What are black-eyed peas?

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.


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 US Department of Agriculture nutritional food group.

How much do black-eyed peas weigh?

Amount Weight
1 cup 145 grams

Vegetables and Vegetable Products

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

Recipes using black-eyed peas

There are 79 recipes that contain this ingredient.

Spicy Bean and Corn Salsa - Superbowl

Spicy Bean & Corn Salsa - Superbowl

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Super quick and easy to make, instead of canned tomatoes, I used cherry tomatoes and made our own dressing and kept in the refrigerator for about 2 hours to let marinate; the flavor came out delicious, because of cherry tomatoes, it was more like a salad, definitely is a keeper.

Southern Living Braised Collards with Bacon and Black-Eyed Peas

Southern Living Braised Collards with Bacon & Black-Eyed Peas

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Winter greens can be bitter but not when cooked this way. Perfectly complimentary flavors and belly filling warmness. If you've never tried collard greens before this recipe is more than worth the effort.

5 Bean Soup

5 Bean Soup

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5 Bean Soup recipe

Traditional Hopping John

Traditional Hopping John

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Along the coast of the Southern US eating Hoppin' John on New Year's Day is thought to bring a year filled with luck and prosperity. The beans symbolize coins or pennies. Sometimes a penny is added to the pot or can be left under the bowls of Hoppin' John. Greens such as Collards, chard or kale can be added and symbolize the color of money and are said to add to ones wealth in the new year. The day after New Year's Day the leftovers are called "Skippin' Jenny," and further demonstrates one's frugality. A common tradition in the south US is each person at the meal should leave three peas on their plate to ensure the New Year will be filled with Luck, Fortune and Romance. Another tradition holds that counting the number of peas in a serving predicts the amount of luck (or wealth) that will be collected over the next year.


New Year's Day Chowder

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New Year is coming, this moment is always excited, it means a lot. But we always need some good recipes to celebrate it, this chowder is a great one to keep!


Quick Black Eyed Pea Soup

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A quick rendition of a tasty black-eyed pea soup that tastes amazing with a crusty bread.


Good Luck New Year's Soup

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New year soup, happy new year!


Beef & Bacon Over Pasta (Fgkg27A)

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A warm beef and bacon stew is served over pasta. It's delicious and fills you up. A great fall or winter dish.

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