Identify the Mystery Bean!
At the farmer’s market, I picked up a couple pounds of beans from one of the vendors. Unfortunately, she was not able to tell me what they are actually called, and simply said that they were similar to a black eyed pea. I’ve scoured through some of my favorite places to try and locate a name for them, but so far have come up dry, so I thought I’d see what my readers have to say about it. The pods appear to be fairly immature, overall – and the divisions between the individual beans are fairly pronounced. Most of them aren’t very large – if they were, I’d have probably had an easier time identifying them. Anyone have a name they could put to it for me? I’ve talked about my love affair with fresh beans before – (see here and here) so I couldn’t resist buying them even without knowing for sure what they are. Miss Thing and I spent the better part of an evening shelling them. And, in spite of missing their name, they promise to be quite tasty.
Update: Thanks to a Chow forum member, the mystery beans have been as y0ung Pigeon Peas. Thanks to everyone for their help!