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Fresh Texas Purple Hull Peas

If you like black-eyed peas, you will probably love purple hull peas!  A southern grown delight, they are actually classified as a bean, are high in protein and fiber, and are raised here in Texas.

 I found fresh frozen purple hull grown from Sides Pea Farm in Canton, Texas at Central Market.

A spoonful of sugar, onion, and a bit of bacon creates a masterful side dish or even a main since it does have a strong protein content.  As much as I love black-eye peas, I would have to say that purple hulls are much tastier and prettier.

By using fresh frozen, the cooking  time is only 45 minutes – and most of that is at a simmer.

I add cooked bacon after the boil.  If using a small piece of salt pork, you’ll need to add with all other ingredients before the boil.

Fresh Texas Purple Hull Peas

A scrumptious side or main
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 cups fresh frozen purple hull peas
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 slices cooked and crumbled bacon


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium cooking pot.  Bring to a rapid oil,  Turn on low and cook for 40 minutes.
    Note - If using cooked bacon, I add after the boil.  If using salt pork or uncooked bacon, add with other ingredients before boil.



I like to cook a full package of bacon and freeze in between layers of parchment to easily pull out for recipes.  You can also use about 1/4 of a salt pork piece in place of bacon.