**** UPDATE 8/2/2011 Check out local food blog friend, Amy, and her post yesterday that just happened to be about purple hull peas, too! Ironic! She picked her PHP's up from the farmstand in Johnson (by the train tracks). I also forgot to let you know that the PHPs that I purchased cost $3 for the bunch. ~Lyndi ****
My friend Molly from Monroe went on and on and on and on one day glowing-gloriously about purple hull peas. Purple hull peas? What the heck was that? I had never heard of them, never tasted them, and to be honest, never had seen them for sale anywhere I usually shopped.
Now, I’m a Southern gal, born and raised in North Carolina and surely they had purple hull peas, but seriously, never ever had I come across these curiously named peas. And seeing that my parents are from New Jersey, this was just not something on their grocery radar.
Because of Molly, I’ve been on the lookout.
I found some!
At the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market…. Because… IT’S PURPLE HULL PEA SEASON!
Here are a few tips to get you started in your very own (potential) love affair with purple hull peas.
You may one day glow-gloriously about them, yourself!
Purple Hull Peas 101:
1. Shuck the pea pods (be honest, it just feels good to say that).
2. Boil water, dump in peas. Depending on how many peas you are preparing, make sure there is plenty of water to cover.
3. Add salt, pepper, a tablespoon of butter and seasoning. I used Weber’s Kickin’ Chicken (yeah, I know, this isn’t chicken but it’s my kitchen, I can do what I want!).
4. Keep boiling water, tasting peas along the way. The end result is tastefully seasoned liquid that is cradling your perfectly prepared purple hull peas. Mine took a good thirty minutes on the stove at medium-high heat.
And there you have it. You have mastered purple hull peas 101.
This post is dedicated to Beth… in honor of her very sweet purple hull pea memories of her dear grandmother… which inspired me to prepare, eat, and post this today!
Okay everyone; since purple hull peas are such a sweet reminder of days gone by, do any of you have any stories of your own to share?
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.