I continue to knock out my canning a crop at a time. These are purple hull peas a southern mainstay and an open pollinated heirloom. While many eat black eyed peas for a traditional New Years meal we feast on these. The variety is open pollinated "Pink Eyed Purple Hull" and was originally bought from Seed Savers Exchange. They are canned as a dried bean. They can also be dried or simply blanched and frozen. If you search my blog you will find a tutorial on canning these.
I serve these as a side dish many times with pork chops or ham cooked in a cast iron kettle. A smoked ham bone or hock thrown into them makes a great seasoning. I usually have a nice skillet of buttermilk corn bread as well. They also make a great jambalaya combined with cooked rice, sausage or bacon, onions and green peppers.
The dog days of summer have indeed hit Hickery Holler. The mercury has soared into the hundred degree range for the last few days and we struggle to keep the animals all cool and fresh cool water available at all times. We have tried to stay out of the gardens as much as possible unless it is early in the morning or late in the evening as it begins to cool slightly before sundown.
As autumn approaches we continue to feast on fresh okra, tomatoes, squash, beans and melons. I can a small batch or two here and there as jars are emptied and become available. Soon the apples will be ripe and I want to can some apple pie filling.
Hope everyone is staying cool in this heat.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter