When individuals consider Autumn, they typically consider falling leaves and days getting shorter, together with particular events similar to Halloween and Bonfire Night time.
However in sure corners of Better Manchester and Lancashire, the season is synonymous with an area culinary delight – the black pea.
Usually soaked in a single day, earlier than being boiled up and served with a beneficiant serving to of salt and vinegar, the easy snack is one which evokes childhood reminiscences for thus many in cities similar to Bolton, Bury, and Rochdale.
Following posts on the MyBolton and MyBury Fb pages, a whole bunch of you bought in contact to inform us what you consider the delicacy.
A number of individuals have fond reminiscences of the Butterworths stall on the Moor Lane fairground in Bolton city centre.
Susan Chapman requested: “Jogs my memory of the truthful in Bolton years in the past, was it Butterworths?”
Kath Rostron commented: “It was Butterworths for the very best on the truthful you would get them at pet outlets consider it or not however Marie’s florist all the time offered them prepared soaked.
Esh Elise added: “Bloody love black peas! Jogs my memory of Bury Market and likewise when the truthful got here to city as a child.”
Whereas Lorraine Bowes remembered: “As a toddler we received black peas with vinegar, small cooked potatoes with butter and salt and candyfloss from the fairground when it was at Bolton all of them tasted good.
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“As soon as went to Preston Guild and had large waffles with a great deal of cream and recent strawberries.
“The great outdated days and it was a large deal with again then.”
Individuals who have relocated from the North West to Nottingham and Brighton, and at the same time as far afield as Spain and Florida mentioned the principle factor they miss about their hometown is a warming cup of black peas.
Even individuals simply down the highway expressed their disappointment at not with the ability to get their palms on any black peas.
Valerie Davies mentioned: “Love them however hubby and son do not. Dwell in Eccles now and though it is only some miles away from Bolton by no means discovered wherever right here that sells them.”
Nonetheless, it is truthful to say that black peas are to not everybody’s tastes.
Greg Salt gave his verdict: “Style identical to moist blotting paper – disgusting.”
Getting maintain of black peas from the main supermarkets appears to be fairly troublesome, with not one of the huge 4 itemizing them on their web site. Manchester Night Information approached them to ask why however didn’t obtain a response.
Nonetheless, they are often present in numerous specialised meals shops and on markets right now of yr.
Gareth Mason, the chief chef of Bolton and Adlington restaurant chain Retreat, has shared a easy recipe for black peas with the MEN.
He mentioned: “I really like black peas, I simply see them as an amazing little snack.
“I cook dinner mine in Bovril and have them mushy, with vinegar on or brown sauce.”
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500g dried black peas
1l beef inventory
Freshly floor black pepper
Add peas to a big bowl and add water to cowl by at the least 4 inches. Cowl and depart for at the least six hours (as much as in a single day). Drain peas and rinse beneath chilly water. In a big pot, over a medium warmth, add peas, beef inventory and Bovril. Convey to a boil, then scale back warmth and let simmer, coated, for 45 minutes or till peas are tender. (Add extra broth if needed) Season with salt, pepper, and malt vinegar to style.