Robert Dadson, professor of plant breeding genetics, studies a black-eyed pea in a laboratory at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
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Tucked away in the far corner of a college campus, a scientist toils away at what has become a personal mission of sorts in recent years: building an environmental and economic case for growing black-eyed peas.
Long overshadowed by other legumes - not to mention the "My Humps" pop quartet - black-eyed peas have been a staple in many African-American kitchens for years but never have gained wide acceptance.
The beans, sometimes called cowpeas, are due for a comeback as a drought-tolerant, soil-enhancing alternative to corn and soybeans, said Robert Dadson, a plant-breeding and genetics ...