Purple Hull Peas - Heart Healthy

Total Time
1hr 45mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

Purple Hull Peas are a lot like black eyed peas. We buy ours fresh and already shelled from a roadside farm stand in East Texas. We keep them in a cooler for our four hour trip back home. I put them in the fridge and make this ASAP usually the next day. I got this recipe from purplehull.com. but I use half the sugar and half the salt that the original had. We love the healthier version and hope you will too.


  1. Well Rinse the Purple Hull Peas -I put mine in a colander in a bowl and fill with cold water and rinse several times until I can see when the water is clear.
  2. Fill a Three Quart Sauce Pan half way with water - about 6 Cups.
  3. Place on High Heat.
  4. Add Salt, Olive Oil, and Sugar.
  5. Bring to a rolling boil.
  6. Add Peas.
  7. Bring the water back to a rolling boil.
  8. Then turn the heat down Med-Low.
  9. Wait until they Simmer.
  10. Then Cover and Simmer for 90 minutes.
Most Helpful

Thanks for the basic guidelines for cooking purple hull peas! I knew they were like black eyed peas, but I wasn't quite sure how to prepare them. Anyhow, I did everything as directed, but after about 45 minutes the peas were quite soft! So, I took them off the heat and served them that way. I think if I would've left them the full 90 minutes they would've been mush! Anyhow, they were great, thanks again.

Dulcet Kitchen August 12, 2009