Black Eyed Pea(Lobia)


Eating Black eyed pea brings good luck along with good health to your doorsteps. Long been associated with good luck, Black Eye Pea has been a staple food in the Southern regions of India. A delicious dish of peas on the New year's eve is an essential tradition targeted to bring prosperity and happiness in the new year.


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Eating Black eyed pea brings good luck along with good health to your doorsteps. Long been associated with good luck, Black Eye Pea has been a staple food in the Southern regions of India. A delicious dish of peas on the New year's eve is an essential tradition targeted to bring prosperity and happiness in the new year.

What is Black Eyed Pea
Black eyed pea is also referred to as black eyed beans or lobiya and many other names in the regional languages. It is considered to be a subspecies of the cow pea and is prominently grown for its medium sized edible bean. Scientifically known as V. u. unguiculata, this pea is a pale colored pea with a black scar which can be seen prominently. Now it might be because of the black scar appearing on it that it is called as black eyed pea.

 

Historical significance
The Black eyed pea or black eyed bean has almost touched all corners of the world. It started its journey from Africa, then it was introduced to America by West Indies. it is in southern United States that it became highly popular and realizing the huge potential in this crop it was promoted by one and all. George Washington was a great promoter of this crop as he had discovered that that this crop not only nourishes the living beings but also adds to the fertility of the soil it grows in. Moreover being highly nutritional simply adds another feather in its cap.

This pea is an heat loving crop and can resist drought conditions as well. It thrives superbly in

sandy soils which are well drained. The plant can hardly stand water logging and it is advisable not to irrigate it m,ore often.

Black eyed pea is a pest resistant crop and is well immunized to many diseases. As a rotational crop it performs extremely well and being a well performing legume it does not even need fertilizers.

 

Interesting facts About Black Eyed Pea/Lobia
The Black eyed pea flowers are extremely sweet and heavy nectar producers and that is the reason why the blossoms attract a wide variety of pollinators. however insecticides might prevent the plant from being exploited by the birds and insects.

  • Barbati is the name given to Black eye pea in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in India.
  • It is also known as Barbati in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra in India.
 

Good will Peas
These peas are an integral part of the traditional dish called "Hoppin' John" along with rice and seasonings. The traditional meal also features collard or mustard greens or cabbage. These traditions have been cherished sine time immemorial.

This goodwill tradition also bears its strong links with The U.S civil war.

Black eyed peas are a traditional food on the new year's day in the Southern regions of America and it is believed that this brings prosperity and happiness in the house.


Texas Caviar is a traditional New Year's Day dish made from black eyed peas marinated in Italian salad dressing and chopped garlic and served cold.

In Portugal black-eyed pea is used to serve boiled cod and potatoes and also with tuna and in salads.

In Vietnam, black-eyed peas are used in a sweet dessert made of black-eyed peas and sticky rice with coconut milk.

In Cyprus, they are eaten with sliced vegetables, oil, salt and lemon.

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