Ten fun facts about Black-eye beans
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The center of the bean, or the black eye, was originally called a 'mogette', the French word for nun, because it was similar to a nun's head wrap.
Eating black-eyed beans on New Year's Day in the American South is said to be good luck. The peas symbolize coins.
When refrigerated, if the outside of the bean gets moldy, the inside of the black eye bean is still edible.
Since the beans were considered 'field peas' and animal food, the Union troops would not take them for food and would destroy them back during the Civil War.Fact 5
These beans were usually considered 'slave foods'. The slaves brought them to the West Indies from West Africa in 1674.Fact 6
The skin on these beans is much thinner than other beans, so they come off easier. It is also said to remove them for better digestion.Fact 7
Not only are the beans low in fat, but they are rich in soluble fiber which helps decrease the cholesterol in your body.Fact 8
The blossom of the black eye bean can produce plenty of nectar, and large sources even produce honey.Fact 9
Although it is a subspecies of the cow pea and is sometimes called a black-eyed pea, it is a legume.Fact 10
A 1/2 cup of black eye peas contain about 100 calories but are 30% protein. They can count as an entire serving of protein or vegetables. Go to more food facts ❯
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