Vegetables and Fruit forum: Purple Hull peas and hot cornbread for a fall meal!

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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 22, 2014 7:54 AM CST
I like to find a almost fall garden vegetable and I found an alabama farmer who had these peas for sale .
I bought enough to put up 2 bags in the freezer
I think peas are just so pretty shelled and they are
delicious to eat with fried cornbread or cornbread baked in the oven with some sweet red pepper relish to put on top
of the serving of peas !
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 22, 2014 8:07 AM CST
Sheri, I saw your post and I'm not familiar with the "purple hull peas," so I had to run off to Google them! Now I'm wondering if I could grow them up here -- an article I found said the purple hull type only take about 70 days, so it seems that I could... I love legumes, so I think I may have found my "new thing to try" for next year!! Thumbs up
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Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 22, 2014 11:37 AM CST
Hi there
thanks for replying..
I hope you can grow them there
they make a grey soup , taste delicious
and we also buy the white field peas here
but my husbands favorite is called
the Purple Hull field pea shown in my post.
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Name: Jo-Ann
Zone 9a, New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a)
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Sep 22, 2014 12:06 PM CST
I discovered purple hulls last year & just fell in love. I grow them myself & have my fall planting getting ready to produce. Last year, I froze them, but this year, I tried pressure canning them & that came out great. So easy to do and so convenient to use.

I purchased a manual pea sheller like this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lee-600R-Mr-Pea-Sheller/dp/B000BTATUG/... Hooked a small drill up to it & we can fly though shelling peas!

I think I didn't plant enough. Next year, even more purple hull peas!

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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 22, 2014 2:09 PM CST
Do you harvest them after they are dry and mature?
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 22, 2014 5:07 PM CST
Ah, good question, Tom! It looks to me like they're harvested "green," more or less like "English peas" -- or probably either way, depending on how you want to use them. Hope one of our Southern friends will answer this!
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Sep 22, 2014 5:37 PM CST
Either way, but most of us use them as green shellies. Same family as the Blackeyed pea but more flavor. Same growth pattern, shorter DTM for many varieties.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 22, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Farmerdill, why are they only -- or predominantly, at least -- grown in the south? the growing season doesn't seem too long for us to grow them up here Confused
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Name: Tom
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tveguy3
Sep 23, 2014 3:49 AM CST
Very interesting, I'm going to have to find some in the grocery store and give them a try. If I like them I will have to plant some next year.
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Name: Jo-Ann
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Sep 23, 2014 6:24 AM CST
Weedwhacker said:Ah, good question, Tom! It looks to me like they're harvested "green," more or less like "English peas" -- or probably either way, depending on how you want to use them. Hope one of our Southern friends will answer this!


I like harvest mine green - just when the pods have turned purple. They are much quicker cooking and more tender this way. Prep & pressure canning time is less. This late in the season, for some reason I'm getting a lot of peas that are dried, I'm keeping those separate & will cook them like dry beans. I suppose once they're dry, you could store them just like you would any dry bean.
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Name: Dillard Haley
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farmerdill
Sep 23, 2014 8:12 AM CST
They do like warm weather. One of the few vegetables that grow well here in July and August. They really take off about the time common beans are dying of heatstroke. They are closely related to Yardlongs which some folks do grow in the far north.
Name: Sheridragonfly/Sheri
Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Sheridragonfly
Sep 23, 2014 2:41 PM CST
the relish we use is by Amish Wedding Food
in Millersburg Ohio that we use on a serving of peas.

I do not sell for them and do not know the company

but they have the best sweet red pepper relish I have
ever bought..

I hope it was okay to mention this because it is delicous
on black eye peas , purple hull peas and others.

Sheri/sheridragonfly
Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Sep 23, 2014 6:38 PM CST
Sheridragonfly said: they have the best sweet red pepper relish I have
ever bought..

Sheri/sheridragonfly


How interesting!! I googled "sweet red pepper relish" and found some recipes for it... I have so many nice peppers this year that I don't know what I'm going to do with them all, may have to give it a try!

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