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The Story of the Humble Cow Pea

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The following are words provided by a true Southerner trapped north of the Mason Dixon.In the South we are fond of tradition and one of the New Year’s day traditions which we observe is the eating of Black eyed Peas, also known in the South as Cow Peas.Tradition’s purpose is to help us remember and it serves to teach those who were too young to witness the original lesson that was so important to our ancestors.So what’s so important about Black eyed Peas? What lesson could that humble little pea possibly teach us? Here is the little story.The Cow Pea was brought to the shores of North America in the late 1600s. It was not considered a food source for humans, hence the name, Cow Peas. They were grown for feeding livestock. That was, until the turbulent period between 1861 and 1865 when Southerners were fighting for the independence of their…

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