Welcome to our new segment on the blog .. Crop of the Week! This week, we're focusing on Black Eyed Peas, a popular crop at our farm. It's widely loved by staff and students. Also called the cowpea, Black Eyed Peas has been a popular food since the middle ages! Contrary to its name, it's a bean that grows wildly in Asia. The most common commercial black eyed pea is called the California Black Eye. It is also one of the most widely dispersed beans in the world! It's widely used in soul food, especially in the Southern US. You may have heard that they bring good luck. In the South, eating them on New Year's Day is considered very good look. They're cooked with greens - the beans symbolize prosperity because they swell when cooked and the green symbolizes money.
Here's some benefits of the black eyed pea.
- Excellent source of calcium, protein, fiber and Vitamin A.
-Nourishing to the soil.
-Helps with cell formation.
-Helpful during pregnancy
Did this teach you anything you didn't know? Tune in next week to hear about a new crop!