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There are several legends as to the origin of this custom.
After planting the pea, it should start to grow after 2-5 days The peas are typically cooked with a pork product for flavoring (such as bacon, fatback, ham bones, or hog jowls) and diced onion, and served with a hot chili sauce or a pepper-flavored vinegar.
Stories say peas and salted pork were said to have been left untouched, because of the belief that they were animal food unfit for human consumption.
Southerners considered themselves lucky to be left with some supplies to help them survive the winter, and black-eyed peas evolved into a representation of good luck.
The common commercial variety is called the California Blackeye; it is pale-colored with a prominent black spot.
In the American South there are countless varieties, many of them heirloom, that vary in size from the small lady peas to very large ones, as may be seen in the state and municipal farmers' markets.