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Old 12-30-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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Has anyone been to the purple hull pea festival in Emerson? Not crazy about events but I would love to get my hands on a bushel of purple hull peas since moving back to Arkansas.

Mention purple hull peas to folks north of mason/dixon and they automatically think black eyes.

Thanks.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania, USA
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First, I haven't been fortunate to eat any in years. And now, I hear that there's a festival devoted to the peas.

Must be an interesting event.
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Old 01-01-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, Ark
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Saudi Arabia
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Has anyone been to the purple hull pea festival in Emerson? Not crazy about events but I would love to get my hands on a bushel of purple hull peas since moving back to Arkansas.

Mention purple hull peas to folks north of mason/dixon and they automatically think black eyes.

Thanks.
I've lived most of my adult life on the West Coast after growing up in Louisiana. To me, no pea or bean is as tasty as purple hull peas. I grew some after moving west for several years but moved into a neighborhood that would frown upon growing veggies and just got too busy to continue growing them.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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I haven't been to the festival, but a looong time ago I grew up on a farm and remember shelling those boogers until my fingers turned purple and got sore. Granny would lay a large towel across my lap to catch any wayward peas, then she and I would go to work. After shelling, she would start cooking and canning. But she always held out some to cook with sow belly for us to eat. Corn bread, fresh (unpasteurized) milk, etc. Those are the good memories, but the bad memories are getting up in a cold house in the mornings in winter as we did here last week because our electric was off. Those "good old days" I can do without.
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Old 01-02-2013, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Default Purple Hulls forever

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Has anyone been to the purple hull pea festival in Emerson? Not crazy about events but I would love to get my hands on a bushel of purple hull peas since moving back to Arkansas.

Mention purple hull peas to folks north of mason/dixon and they automatically think black eyes.

Thanks.
I love purple hull peas. Went to a church social in Alabama a few years ago and a woman had cooked a big batch loaded with onion and I don't know what else. I've tried to duplicate what she did half dozen times without success (but they are still good!). I ate my share and anyone else's that hesitated on getting seconds.

And yup, north of the border they think blackeyed peas. I lived in a small town in NW Ohio (Celina) for a couple of years and when I ordered grits for breakfast they brought me some kind of brine and pig meat in a rectangular chunk. That was grits to them--and it was gritty to eat.

Give me southern food any day!
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