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purple hull peas

Posted by gardenerwannabe6 OK (My Page) on
Mon, May 25, 09 at 23:47

I just planted some purple hulls for the first time. I'm wondering if anyone else has grown these and how did you market them??? Did you sell them as snaps or shell them?? How did they sell?? Thanks in advance.....

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RE: purple hull peas

i have not grown em but last year at the local market i sold at they were sellin em by the big blak trashbag full if i remember corectly they were some shellin em for 3 maybe 4 dollars a pound and like 22 a bushell just goin by memory. i wanted to grow em this year but have not been able to find em locally

RE: purple hull peas

I first heard about purple hulls this year from a good friend of mine who is originally from Arkansas. I did a lot of research on them and found out they are related to crowder peas and blackeyed peas both with which I am familiar. So, I went down to the seed store and bought a pound of them and will be planting them this week. Looking forward to trying them out as I hear they are quite tasty. Also wanted to know what kind of price they command. There is even a festival dedicated to them in Emerson, AR.

They're in the Vignus genus, like yardlong beans.

I'd love to hear more about growing them, eating them and pricing them.


RE: purple hull peas

They grow good in Oklahoma, shell them and eat them like black eyed peas, they are crowder peas as far as I know. My uncle in mississippi grew them all the time and thats what he called them. Those and collard greens grow good in our red clay. Its what my southern family lived on for generations, originally brought to the south by the slaves.

RE: purple hull peas

I have grown purple hull peas for year. Just finished up this year's crop. A purple hull is simply a black-eyed pea with a purple hull when it ripens (instead of being yellow.) When you cook purple hulls, the juice is dark colored instead of clear. I sold them for $25 a bushel. I know people who sell peas for $2 a pound - unshelled at the farmer's market, but that's a little steep for most people. It has been terribly dry here this year, so my garden was later than usual. I used drip irrigation and had good peas with fewer than usual stinkbugs. The heat did make the harvest shorter than normal. I will grow them again in the fall and will probably do better in the cooler weather. (High 90's, up to 100 now)

RE: purple hull peas

  • Posted by capt44 zone 7 central arkan (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 13, 09 at 1:44

I've grown purple hull peas for years here in Arkansas.
The hardest part is keeping the deer out of the pea patch.
Purple Hull peas here are selling around $25.00 a bushel.
But there is a very big difference between a purple hull pea and a black eye or crowder pea.
You can tell the folks that shell out the peas for there thumbs will be purple.

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