Help! Cow pea imposters :-(
For the first year in forever I can't find Carolina red peas, aka cow peas, for my Hoppin' John. They are tiny, about the size of a field pea, and dark red-brown. I don't know the scientific name. When cooked they remain firm and produce a dark pot liquor. They are the only authentic pea to use in our traditional New Year's Day pea and rice dish. I need to sleuth them out to plant for next year. Please do not suggest black-eyed peas; no self-respecting Lowcountry cook would ever substitute that mealy pea! Google produces only imposters!!