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Post: # 25834Unread post Cole_Robbie
Fri Jul 17, 2020 12:27 pm

Here is a pic of some purple hulled peas I picked yesterday. I used to pick them with my grandma for her market garden years ago. They are very easy to grow and nutritious enough to sustain a person. I let the weeds grow up in mine out of neglect, but then the peas used the weeds like bean poles and grew on top of them. These got zero insecticide, fungicide, or irrigation. It was hot and dry, but they don't care. I sprinkled some calcium nitrate by the row one time, which was their only fertilizer.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 1:40 pm

Nice haul! Cowpeas are one of my favorite summer foods. I remember us getting bushels of them during the summer and our fingers turning purple from shelling. No one else liked shelling peas but I enjoyed it. It was a real drag washing and blanching all those peas to freeze but boy did I enjoy them in the winter! I planted out a 4x4 plot of cream peas this year for the first time and am getting a cup at a time, lol. Why is it I keep thinking "need more garden space!". 😉 Planning to do another bed of the top pick pinkeye purple hull this weekend. Yours look wonderful, great job!
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 2:35 pm

That's a pretty haul! Time for shelling. I've got one bed of Colossus that's just starting to vine. No flowers yet. The Red Rippers won't get planted until tomorrow or Sunday, depending on how fast I can get those former corn rows ready. You're so right about peas not caring about heat and dryness.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 4:15 pm

Just planted a few today to see how they can deal with the real ((((Texas Heat)))).
Probably wont be shelling any if they make but eat them at the immature stage hull and all.
If that is at all possible.
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Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:11 pm

I like getting my handful every other day, your haul looks like a commercial operation compared to mine.

They are tasty and I like them best in that not dry, still mostly green to barely yellow state. I freeze mine without blanching and have had excellent results that way.
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Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:32 pm

4 to 5 days later the confounded peas I planted sprouted. :shock:
The packet says 7 to 10 days.
Was really shocked to see this.
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Post: # 26107Unread post Cole_Robbie
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:44 pm

I ate some last night with grilled bratwurst. It is an unusual combination, but very tasty.

After spending more time shelling than picking, I can see the value in a shelling machine. A very successful market gardener I know has one and takes it to market so that his customers can have their peas and beans shelled when they buy then. In the recent covid environment, he has been shelling his beans before market and packaging them into bags by the pound.
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Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:49 pm

Spent hours upon hours shelling peas as a child slave on the front porch barefoot shorts and no shirt. :lol:
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Post: # 26115Unread post Cole_Robbie
Mon Jul 20, 2020 6:19 pm

worth1 wrote:
Mon Jul 20, 2020 5:49 pm
Spent hours upon hours shelling peas as a child slave on the front porch barefoot shorts and no shirt. :lol:
Grandma and I grew them and picked them, but the next step was take them to town and sell them. She spared me the shelling.

I have the rest of the peas set out to dry in a spare room with a dehumidifier. In addition to preserving, am trying to learn how to actually cook and eat a lot of what we grow, instead of just sell it at market. I have only made dried cherry tomatoes once, but they were delicious. I never bother, because they can't be sold, even with a cottage food exemption. The health department really really hates dried tomatoes.

So the market gardener perspective influences practices a lot, I think. I tend to grow massive amounts of anything, from a home gardener perspective, but then all I know after that is selling it, instead of using it.
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