According to Southern folklore, eating black-eyed peas on New Year's Day will bring luck and prosperity throughout the year ahead—but we don't need more convincing to enjoy these creamy and earthy beans.
A staple of Southern U.S. cuisine, black-eyed peas are beloved for their soft texture, meaty flavor and their ability to hold their shape in stews, soups and salads. Follow Southern tradition and make Hoppin' John, the essential New Year's Day meal, consisting of black-eyed peas, rice, onion and either bacon or ham hock. During the rest of the year, simmer the cooked beans with crushed tomatoes, garlic and zesty spices for a warming stew or use them to form the base of a hearty salad brightened with diced bell peppers and fresh green herbs.
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For the uninitiated, it might seem odd that freshness matters when it comes to dried beans. But in fact, a dried bean is alive - remember that you can plant them! So knowing that Steve from Rancho Gordo only grows small amounts of his incredible heirloom beans means that each season, you're getting the freshest bean possible.