Used for "Hoppin John", a favorite for New Year's Day.
A small, oval, cream-colored pea with a black oval "eye" that has a cream-colored dot in the center. Black-eyed peas, also known as cowpeas, have a mealy texture and earthy flavor.
Dried black-eyed peas are available in plastic bags and are sold in bulk. Look for whole, unbroken peas. Black-eyed peas also are available canned and frozen.
Store dried black-eyed peas in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 year.
Cook black-eyed peas as you would dried beans except do not presoak. Use 8 cups water for 1 pound peas; heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes or until tender. 1 pound peas yields about 7 cups cooked peas.