Few people realize the strong influence of Africa on American cuisine. This is a connection that was intentionally buried because of the legacy of slavery. We would like to share what we have learned about the history of black-eyed peas. Also, here is a Hoppin’ John recipe suggestion.
An example of the influence of Africa on American cuisine are Black-eyed peas which were grown in West, Central and Southern Africa before being transplanted to North America. Initially, the peas were used as a provision on slave ships and to feed livestock. High in protein and minerals, Black-eyed peas became a staple in the South and remain so. Eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day (with a bit of chitterlings) is an African American tradition. Many grocery stores sell out before New Year’s Eve. Hoppin’ John is a dish made with black-eyed peas, greens, onions, and some kind of pork for seasoning. Check out a great article on soul food. https://ngrmagintl.com/6-culinary-customs-from-black-southern-grandmas/