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Jul 12, 2010 06:45 PM

small black eyed peas?

This week, my CSA bundle came with black eyed peas and I've never cooked them, let alone shelled them. I'm wondering if you can just eat the whole pod if they're young enough. It's nearly impossible to shell them and the peas inside the pods are green and about 1/3 the size of my pinkie nail!

So, I'm just not sure what to do with them. Any advice?

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  1. Are you sure they're black-eyed peas? Doesn't sound right somehow.

    1. yes, if the pods are small enough, you cut them in 1" lengths and those are the "snaps" (or you actually snap them) and cook along with the shelled peas.

      the size of your peas does sound small. you may have "ladypeas." -- one of my favorite varieties of "field peas." i also love is the little whiteacres, and what my mom called cream peas. there are many varieties of "field peas."

      fry up some chopped bacon (1-2 slices) on medium heat in a saucepan, render the fat, (pour off some of the fat -- maybe leave a couple of teaspoons for 2-3 cups of shelled peas) then add in your fresh peas, a little water just to cover, and cover the pot and simmer -- test in about 15-20 minutes and taste for salt. cook till tender and add salt as needed. serve with some buttered cornbread, and shake on some pepper vinegar -- and you've got a fine meal. (drink the liquid in the pot when it cools a little -- it is the good ol' "pot liquor."

      """Southern Peas
      Confusing as it may sound, the vegetable most southerners call peas is, botanically speaking, neither a pea nor a bean.
      Black-eyeds, crowders and creams are the best-known southern "peas." In the North, these "peas" are called shell beans. They can be grown successfully in the North as well as in the South. Unlike green peas, southern peas need warm soil to germinate. The cool, damp weather that English peas love is exactly what southern peas dislike. Because they're drought resistant, excess moisture may cause a reduced yield. Southern peas grow just as well in wide rows as English peas. Try 'Mississippi Silver' or 'Queen Anne Black Eye' anywhere in the country; 'Big Boy', 'Lady', and 'Pinkeye Purple Hull' are other popular varieties.""""

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      1. re: alkapal

        They do look more like lady peas. Thanks for the info! I did end up painstakingly shelling the pods that I now know I could have left whole. So now I hope that there are more this week to experiment with.