Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling Beans
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This item was last sold on : 08/15/14
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Purple Hull Pink-Eye Shelling beans are available in the late summer.
Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling beans are a type of cowpea (though not really a pea) and member of the Phaseolus vulgaris genus, the most widely cultivated genre of beans in the world. All Crowder cowpeas are grouped or identified by color of hull, the difference in bean shape, size and color or by the overt crowding of seed within the pod.
Purple Hull Pink-Eye Shelling beans resemble black-eye peas, except for the color of their "eyes". The peas are ovate and rounded in shape, glossy and creamy in color with a burgundy eye at the bean's belly. Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling beans are connected to the pod by a tiny fragment of flesh that creates the "eye" in each bean. They are typically very starchy and once cooked lush and meaty with mild nutty undertones.
Fresh Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling beans require little cooking time and their shelf-life is rather short. For the most part, the pod is inedible. To be safe, if it is in its shell, shell it, if its dried, soak it. Cook the dried beans as you would any dried bean - all varieties have different cooking times. They can be cooked vegetarian style (ie: no ham hocks, chicken stock, etc) in an iron or clay pot as the earthenware method provides a seasoned vessel. Also, Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling beans are an heirloom variety so chances are they come from a shorter supply chain, probably found at the farmers market directly from the grower. Complimentary pairings include bacon, corn, chiles, tomatoes, chicken, cumin, garlic, oregano, pork, cooked eggs, cream, cilantro, onions, shallots, melting and fresh cheeses, vinegar, roasted fish, bitter and mild greens such as chard, kale and arugula, olive oil and butter. It is common to keep the boiled water of these beans and use it as a stock base for other ingredients.
Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling beans are steeped within the culture of the American South. Cowpeas originated in the Niger River Basin of West Africa and were then brought to America during colonial times. Their culinary heritage led to them becoming a staple food across the southeastern United States. Along with Mississippi Silver Hull Shelling Beans and Black Eyed Peas, Purple Hull Pink Eyes were eaten by slaves and sharecroppers and used as a forage crop for livestock (thus the name "cow peas"). The Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling bean is still heavily relevant and is celebrated on the last weekend in June in Arkansas, an entire festival pays homage to its culinary legacy.
Recipes that include Purple Hull Pink Eye Shelling Beans. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Examiner.com||Summer Succotash with Purple Hull Peas|
|Bon Appetit||Heirloom Tomatoes with Shell Beans Vinaigrette|
|Spinach Tiger||Pasta with Purple Hull Peas and Red Wine (Risotto Style)|
|Spinach Tiger||Purple Hull Peas and Two Pasta Recipes|