Or if my premise is wrong, please correct me?

Guns, Germs, & Steel talks about early domesticated crops of the Fertile Crescent. No surprise that he quickly mentions wheat, barley, olives, dates, grapes, figs, and pomegranates. He then talks about peas, lentils, and bitter vetch.

Lentils we've all seen early in the Torah, Jacob's stew. (There are plenty of Talmudic stories about lentils as well.) Vetch (karshinin) comes up in one halachic conversation or another several times in the Talmud. But where are the peas?

  • Have you searched "peas" on Sefaria?
    – magicker72
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 12:33
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    Yevamot 63a: sefaria.org/…
    – mbloch
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 12:37
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    Kilayim 1:1 sefaria.org/…
    – mbloch
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 12:37
  • Are we restricting this to pisum sativum? Or other legumes with the word 'pea' in their common names?
    – Joel K
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 12:37
  • Difficult to know if the peas above are the ones you are referring to
    – mbloch
    Commented Jul 4, 2021 at 12:37

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Are you referring to genus Vigna or Pisum?

Vigna or Black eyed peas are mentioned several times in the Gemara.

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    Hi Ruvain and welcome to Mi Yodeya! I recommend you edit in sources to your answer as evidence for what you state.
    – Harel13
    Commented Aug 3, 2021 at 19:29
  • Black eyed peas are used as the siman Rubiya (cf. "increase") by Edot Mizrach Commented Sep 3, 2021 at 12:36

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