Purple Hull Peas

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Stopped at a roadside produce stand near Hempstead, Texas on the way back from Waco and bought some fresh purple hull peas. I’d never cooked them before. Called my partner’s mom (“…never cooked purple hulls? You aren’t much of a Southern cook, are you??”) who gave me basic instructions, which I modified. The results were amazing! So delicious and flavorful. I’ll never eat canned again! Purple Hull Peas

2 lbs fresh purple hull peas, shelled, washed and drained
2 strips smoked bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
salt and pepper to taste
brown sugar

Cut bacon into small pieces. Brown slowly in lidded pot or Dutch oven large enough to hold peas. Add onion, salt and pepper and a pinch of brown sugar. Stir. When onion just begins to turn translucent, add peas. Add enough hot water to just cover peas. Reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 45 minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve.