The black-eyed bean, is a legume grown around the world for its medium-sized, edible bean. Its other common name is cowpea, although it is actually a subspecies of the cowpea.
The common commercial variety is called the California Blackeye; it is pale-colored with a prominent black spot. The American South has countless varieties, many of them heirloom, that vary in size from the small lady peas to very large ones. The color of the eye may be black, brown, red, pink, or green. All the peas are green when freshly shelled and brown or buff when dried. A popular variation of the black-eyed pea is the purple hull pea; it is usually green with a prominent purple or pink spot.
It is used worldwide.
Other names :
Bblack-eyed pea, goat pea or cowpea.