Mom's Purple-Hull Peas


"A wonderful side-dish for any southern-style-meal. Goes great with cornbread and fried pork chops!"


2 h 10 m servings 194 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 194 kcal
  • 10%
  • Fat:
  • 9.2 g
  • 14%
  • Carbs:
  • 20.3g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 8.3 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 13 mg
  • 4%
  • Sodium:
  • 591 mg
  • 24%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. 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.


  • Cooks Note
  • You can use dried peas for this recipe but will need to prepare them for cooking according to the package directions. Black-eyed peas can also be used if purple hull peas are not available.
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  1. 18 Ratings


Just picked purple hulls are the best. If you live in the south you can get them at local farmers market, road side stand or friend/family garden. Fresh tender baby okra pods are best. I leave o...

I alternated by leaving out the sugar and waited until the last 10 minutes to add the okra. I like mine to still be whole and with a little firmness. The smaller the okra the better. Goes well w...

Awesome flavor. Did not use okra, otherwise I followed the recipe. Fresh peas rule!

Delicious without the okra! Don't know about with the okra.

I used fresh purple hull peas from my garden. I also use more sugar, like 1/8 cup. This is VERY good. I use Tony's more spice for the seasoning. At times, I use a drop or two of liquid smoke.

These are good, but need much more salt. I used Splenda instead of sugar.

I didn't have any okra, and the only changes I made was doubling the sugar and soda. Can you say DEE-LISH-US! A very fresh tasting, slightly sweet dish that melted in our mouths.

Liked it with the okra! Used peppered bacon ends from my local rancher.

Used fresh purple hull peas bought at the farmers market. Followed the receipe exactly, except left out the okra - don't like slimy okra! Peas were fantastic and yummy! Served with cornbread, ...