No food has more colorful names than field peas of the South. Here you find zipper peas, blackeyed peas, pinkeyed peas, purple hull peas, cow peas, crowder peas, polecats, whippoorwills, big red rippers, and Mississippi silvers. Some of these are regional names for the exact same thing, but even the differences among them, when they’re cooked, are slight. As a rule, peas are a secondary side dish, but they do take center stage on New Years Day, when eating them, along with collard greens and pork, is said to bring good luck. In this scheme, the greens symbolize money and the peas are supposed to be cooked with a penny in the pot. Whoever gets the penny will be lucky and rich. The Lowcountry version of this tradition is called Hoppin’ John, and includes rice. Green garden peas are the basis of a dish called mushy peas, which are a common companion for fish and chips or meat pies in England and on English-themed menus in the U.S.

Restaurants With This Dish

Moody’s Restaurant


Croaker’s Spot


Wade’s Restaurant


Meat loaf is on a plate crowded with green beans, squash casserole, and mac & cheese
Arnold’s Country Kitchen


Four Way Restaurant


Harold’s New York Deli - Triple Decker
Harold’s New York Deli



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