Knowledge Bank – Black- eye Peas/Beans

Blackeye peas

This bean shown here is black-eyed beans or peas, also known as Edua(Twi-Ghana); Yoo (Ga-Ghana); Waakey (Hausa); Doungouri (Djerma-Niger), is a legume a subspecies of cowpeas. Black-eye peas is widely grown in West Africa as well as many countries in Asia and southern United States.

Black-eye peas are packed with nutrients and vitamins such as proteins, magnesium , calcium and iron. 1 cup of cooked black-eye peas contains 160 calories with negligible fat. It’s a good source of soluble fiber which helps prevent type 2 diabetes by keeping blood sugar balanced. It contains folate which is vital in helping to create genetic material and build cells. Folate is essential during pregnancy through to adolescence. Enough folate before and during pregnancy lower the risk of birth defects of the spinal cord and brain. 1 cup of black-eyed peas provides 52% of the recommended daily intake of folate. It also contains vitamin A which is needed for vision and immune system. Just 1 cup provides 43% of the recommended daily intake.

With this knowledge about black-eyed peas, you can confidently eat and enjoy it knowing that you’re doing your body some good. Some of the ways Ghanaians enjoy this legume is in our popular street foods such as Waakye (rice & black-eyed peas cooked with Millet leaves) , Red Red (boiled black-eyed peas drizzled with palm oil & served with fried ripe plantain), Koose (bean fritters). Interestingly, most West African countries cook black-eyed peas in a similar way. It’ll be interesting to know how you enjoy black-eyed peas in your country. Do share with us.

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