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Mom’s Easy Purple Hull Peas

Simple and straight to the point. Moms know best and it shows in this easy recipe. Smokey, salty and a little bit of fat - the essentials for making a great pot o’beans. My secret is to add a splash of pickle juice or apple cider vinegar in the last 10 minutes. Fresh peas are a special seasonal treat and in limited supply! Keep an eye out at market for these purple beauties, another gem of the summer months.



  • 1 pound frozen purple hull peas
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 5 ounces fresh okra (optional)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-1/2 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • salt/pepper to taste


Place the purple hull peas into a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, add okra if using and boil for 2 minutes, stirring twice. Reduce heat to medium-low, add the bacon, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer until tender, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.


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Market UmbrellaMarket Umbrella is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3), based in New Orleans, whose mission is to cultivate the field of public markets for public good. Market Umbrella has operated the Crescent City Farmers Markets (CCFM) since 1995.

Crescent City Farmers MarketThe Crescent City Farmers Market operates weekly year-round in four New Orleans neighborhoods. The CCFM hosts nearly 80 local small farmers, fishers and food producers, and more than 100,000 shoppers annually.