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Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas, or cow peas, are native to North Africa and were probably introduced to the South by African Slaves and Spanish explorers.  Black-eyed peas have long been a New Year's Day tradition in the South and it is believed that eating them will bring good luck in the coming year.  Most often, they are eaten as a side dish but people who love them can make them into a main course with a side of cornbread.