The black eye pea is pale-colored bean with a prominent black spot. All the peas are green when freshly shelled and brown or buff when dried.
The peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring, diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar. The traditional meal also includes collard, turnip, or mustard greens, and ham. The peas, since they swell when cooked, symbolize prosperity; the greens symbolize money; the pork, because pigs root forward when foraging, represents positive motion. Cornbread, which represents gold, also often accompanies this meal.
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