Yellow-Eyed Peas are like Black-Eyed peas, but have a yellow-coloured oval eye in the middle instead of a black one.
They are popular in the American south. In parts of South Carolina, Hoppin' John is made with yellow-eyed peas rather than black-eyed. Fans of Yellow-Eyed Peas say they have a subtler flavour than black-eyed peas.
Yellow-Eyed Peas seed for home gardeners isn't very easy to come by any more; it is considered more of an heirloom variety.
When dried, cook them as you would other dried beans.
"Yellow-eyed beans are very good when baked". Farmer, Fannie Merritt. The Boston Cooking School Cookbook. 1918.
Literature & Lore
Called "Barbati" in Bengali.
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Yellow-Eyed Cowpeas; Augenbohnen (gelbe) (German); Barbati, Bora (Indian)