Black-Eyed Peas (Cowpeas)

Taste: Also known as black-eyed beans and cowpeas, these beans have a creamy texture and are popular in American and African cooking.

Especially popular in Southern style cooking, eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day is considered good luck.

Math: 1 cup dried beans = 2-1/2 cups cooked beans

Liquid per cup of legume: 3 cups

Cooking time: 60 minutes

Soak: is not essential. Can shorten cooking time with a quick soak in hot water.

Health Benefits of Black-Eyed Peas

Like other beans, black-eyed peas are rich in soluble fiber, which helps lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

They are low in sodium and high in potassium, which help reduce blood pressure and prevent heart disease.

Black-eyed peas are low in fat, but high in protein, and when combined with grains, provide a healthy alternative to other animal protein like meat.

Black-eye peas provide several types of phytochemicals such as lingams, which may protect against heart disease, osteoporosis, and cancer.