cowpea,  black-eyed pea, or black-eyed bean, annual legume ( Vigna sinensis ) of the pulse family. Introduced in the early 18th cent. from the Old World to the S United States, it has become a staple of Southern cooking and an important catch crop, soil enhancer, and forage. Cowpea, sometimes called China bean, is grown commercially in India and China and as a high-protein subsistence crop in Africa. Cowpea is classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

More on cowpea from Fact Monster:

  • black-eyed bean - black-eyed bean black-eyed bean or black-eyed pea:see cowpea.
  • soiling - soiling soiling, agricultural practice of feeding green fodder to livestock in the barn or dry lot. ...
  • Niger, country, Africa: Economy - Economy The economy of Niger is overwhelmingly agricultural, with about 90% of the workforce ...
  • bean: Types of Beans - Types of Beans In general, beans are warm-season annuals (although the roots of tropical species ...
  • Niger - Learn about the history, geography and culture of Niger and find statistical and demographic information.|Information on Niger — geography, history, politics, government, economy, population statistics, culture, religion, languages, largest cities, as well as a map and the national flag.

See more Encyclopedia articles on: Plants

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe