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Exotic Ingredients: Black Eyed Pea

Black-eyed peas is a legume and is enjoyed throughout the world. Black-eyed peas are also called cow peas. It comes from a plant called Vigna unguiculata. It is used in India for thousand years. It is used in cooking throughout India.

Black- eyed peas can be soaked overnight or for a few hours before you cook them. Black-eyed peas are creamish in color with a black eye spot. Sometimes the eye spot can be red or pink. Black- eyed peas contain protein, folate and fiber. In India black- eyed peas are used in curry dishes or also used as a salad. It is low in calories and is extremely helpful in weight loss. Black-eyed peas are high in fiber and combats inflammation and are loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Fiber in black- eyed peas helps to protect against heart disease, lowers cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. Black eyed peas can be stored in the pantry for almost a year.

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