Silverwing Benoit, Second Life asked:
Is a black eyed pea actually a pea or a bean?
We put this to Claire Domoney, from the John Innes Centre:
Claire - No. Actually, itís a member of the Vigna genus if I remember correctly and certainly not a pea.
[Other members of the genus Vigna include the Azuki Bean, Mung bean and Cowpea. Peas are Pisum sativum.]