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Marrowfat peas anyone?

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My absolute favorite beans/legumes are from back home. (holland) Don't think they are actually dutch, but haven't seen them anywhere else.... we call them kapucijners... Think in England they call them Marrowfat Peas. (they're more a type of pea I guess) they look like large brown peas.(They also sell the 'young' ones which are still green) Kind of taste like soft chickpeas... they can be eaten warm & cold and they're soooo good!!! really miss them....
anybody know about these???

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  1. Are they round or more oval? In the Southern US, the butterbean is a large creamy brown pea that has a fat oval shape. Regional names for vegetables may make it difficult to search for it using the name.You may want to look at a garden seed seller to see if you can identify it by sight.

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    1. I'm half dutch, and these are one of my favorites, too. Kapucijners are indeed called marrowfat peas in english. They're hard to find in the states, but you can find them at dutch import stores, possibly english import stores, or on-line. My mother (my dutch half) seasoned them with salt, pepper, butter, and speck. Speck is hard to find, but I recently found it at Whole Foods. If you can't find speck, proscuitto works, as does bacon.

        1. I agree with the person who suggested English stores. I buy the dried ones all the time (brand is Bachelors) that come with the carbonated tablet at a store in SF that sells Irish and English food.

          1. Also want to add that they are also called mushy peas in England which might help with a search.

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            1. re: lanersg

              Thanx guys, haha, had my old name still for this question! I prefer the 'older' ones, when they're 'young' they're still green, I prefer the brown ones... haha, can I get any more difficult?! I'm such a princess.... :(

            2. I am Latvian and my people are crazy about them. We call them "pelekie zirni" or grey peas. We usually try to buy them in Dutch stores here in Toronto. Was just looking for them yesterday, where you can usually get them at the Holland Store, but apparently the order has still not come in.
              We like to eat them mostly in winter just boiled in salt water by the handful, or at Christmas smothered in a generous helping of finely chopped and fried bacon (or speck "spekis") and onions. The warm fat with the nuggets of bacon and onion give the peas a real something more.

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              1. re: ilinda

                BTW, the Holland Store did have them canned, but we always c cook them from dried, so that's why I didn't feel like the order had come in. But if you want to try them, I suppose the canned might do. We just bought a can to see what we think but haven't tried it yet. Not sure if the texture will be as good as from dried. We'll see.