Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Cowpea/Black Eyed Beans


Common Indian Name (Hindi): Lobia

  • The Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata), also known as 'black eyed bean', is one of several species of the widely cultivated genus Vigna.
  • This is one of the most important food legume crops in the semi-arid tropics covering Asia, Africa, southern Europe and Central and South America.
  • The value of cowpea lies in its high protein content, and ability to tolerate drought.
  • As a legume, cowpea also fixes atmospheric nitrogen, allowing it to grow on, and improve poor soils.
  • All the parts of cowpea that are used for food are nutritious, providing protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  • The protein in cowpea seed is rich in the amino acids, lysine and tryptophan, compared to cereal grains; however, it is deficient in methionine and cystine when compared to animal proteins. Therefore, cowpea seed is valued as a nutritional supplement to cereals and an extender of animal proteins.

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