In a short while, I’ll start picking my crop of purplehull peas. A tiny bit of rain this week & last kicked the peas into full production–they’re vining more than the cucumbers. Purplehulls are my favorite hot weather pea, followed by pinkeyes, blackeyes, and crowders. To me, purplehulls taste a little more “green” than blackeyes. Maybe I’ll try some speckled butter beans next…my previous attempts at baby limas failed, but I’ve improved my soil a great deal since then.
Random pea trivia: three-term Louisiana governer Earl K. Long called his rural farm in Winn Parish the “peapatch”, and he continually embarrassed his wife Blanche by taking visiting journalists, dignitaries, and politicos out into the fields while wearing overalls.