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Purple Hull Peas

Purple hull peas (Vigna unguiculata) are a type of legume that is native to Africa. They have been cultivated for centuries and were introduced to the Americas by enslaved African people in the 16th century. Purple hull peas quickly became popular in the American South, and they are now a staple food in many Southern cuisines.

Culinary Uses

Purple hull peas have a mild, slightly sweet flavor and a firm texture. They can be eaten fresh, dried, or canned. Purple hull peas can also be used in soups, stews, and salads.

Here are some popular culinary uses of purple hull peas:

  • Hoppin’ John: Hoppin’ John is a traditional Southern dish that is made with black-eyed peas, rice, and other ingredients. It is a popular dish to eat on New Year’s Day, as it is said to bring good luck for the coming year.
  • Purple hull pea soup: Purple hull pea soup is a hearty and flavorful soup that is made with purple hull peas, ham hocks, and other ingredients. It is a popular dish during the winter months.
  • Purple hull pea salad: Purple hull pea salad is a refreshing and healthy salad that is made with purple hull peas, tomatoes, cucumbers, and other ingredients. It is a great way to use up leftover purple hull peas.