Field Peas

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Appears in
Bill Neal's Southern Cooking

By Bill Neal

Published 1985

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The most important African dietary contribution to the American South is undoubtedly the Vigna unguiculata. It produces a rather wild-looking pod, sometimes more than a foot in length, ranging from white to pale green to deepest purple, and when ripe yields the black-eyed pea and its many cousins: crowder, field, cow, lady. By the early eighteenth century, these peas (actually more bean than pea) had reached Charleston, having already been well established in Caribbean cooking.