Black-eyed peas

Low in fat and sodium, saturated fat free and cholesterol free, black-eyed peas are an excellent source of Vitamin B1 and a good source of fiber, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.

How to Select

Choose dried black-eyed peas or peas canned with low or no sodium. Select dried peas that are dry, firm, clean, uniform in color and not shriveled.

How to Store

Store dried peas at room temperature, in a closed container to protect from moisture and pests. Store canned black-eyed peas at room temperature. Use before expiration date on can.

How to Prepare

To reconstitute dried black-eyed peas, put them in a large pot and cover with about 3 inches of water. Soak the peas overnight, then drain the water and rinse the peas. You can also "quick-soak" the peas by putting them in a pot, covering them with 3 inches of water, and bringing them to a boil for 3 minutes. Then cover, remove from heat, and let the peas soak for an hour. Drain and rinse the peas before using.