First brought to the New World during the transatlantic slave trade, black-eyed peas were a food used only for the slaves. They were first discovered in 1675, and quickly moved into other around the world before making its way into Florida, North Carolina and then Virginia by 1775. By the time of the American Revolution Black-eyed peas were firmly established in America and a part of the cuisine.
George Washington wrote a letter in 1791 explaining that “pease” were rarely grown in Virginia. He later purchase 40 bushels of seeds for planting on his plantation....
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