White Acre Peas

white acre peas

I was reluctant to add this to my blog, because I ate so many peas growing up, it isn’t even funny. I shelled more peas with my little hands in the summers than most people would ever even think about shelling in their whole lifetimes. I was so sick of peas, especially zipper peas. I was just overloaded on the things. We ate these little peas 3-4 times a week, sometimes more. We grew lots in our garden. We had a garden that was about 1/4 acre. Sometimes my mom would find someone with a different variety of these field peas, and buy them also. We spent all summer picking, shelling, parboiling, and freezing. The only way to get all the air out of the freezer bags successfully is with a straw. Yum, yum, pea juice. Just make sure you do not accidentally backwash any of that juice back into the freezer bag. I would beg for collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, anything but peas. But then all of a sudden a couple of days ago, after probably a good 10-11 years, I got a craving for those yummy little peas. Particularly, white acre peas, the cream da la cream of southern peas. I don’t know where I would be able to find them, I planned on driving further out of orlando outside of sanford, and scouting around for them. Somehow I doubt that many people were going to know what I am talking about. But, until  I happened to find the fresh peas to shell, I found several varieties of peas at my local Winn Dixie. They had purple hull, field peas, and white acre peas. Frozen of course, but it was close enough to fulfill my craving till I can find the fresh ones.

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Yield: Serves 4

White Acre Peas

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Cook Time:   30 minutes    Total Time:   40 minutes
method: Stove-top    course: Main
cuisine: Southern   diet: Enjoyable
A quick and easy recipe for white acre peas!


2 cups shelled or frozen white acre peas (about 1/2 cup per serving)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, more or less depending on taste preference
1 tablespoon grated sweet vidalia onion, or other sweet onion
2 tablespoons butter


Prepare peas by shelling and rinsing, if there are pods to small to shell , just snap them like snap beans and add to the peas.

Then put them in a saucepan with enough water to cover, add the grated onion and kosher salt. Then you bring to a boil and cook over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes or until very tender.

Add butter and melt before serving.

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  24 Responses to “White Acre Peas”

  1. Stephanie — August 21, 2009 @ 1:10 am

    Oh I laughed so hard at this post! We had a freezer in the carport just filled to the max with these and corn – lots of corn!!!!!!!!!! I hated summer half the time because days were filled with pea picking, shelling or something to do with the garden.

    • Angie — August 21, 2009 @ 7:17 pm

      we had a deep freeze and an upright freezer. And they were always full. All corn and peas, and never enough greens!

  2. Tracey — August 21, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    Oh those memories. All day in the tobacco field, then you get home only to go pick the peas for supper. Then you get to shell them. At least when I grew a little older, my parents invested in an automatic pea sheller. Much better for my little hands at the time! But, as much as I grew tired of the never ending pea harvesting, supper was never bland. To this day, I can’t get enough of white acre peas!

    • Angie — August 21, 2009 @ 7:19 pm

      Thanks for sharing your memories, I’ve never heard of a small pea sheller. I thought little kids were the pea shellers! LOL

  3. Lauren Trad — October 4, 2009 @ 4:34 pm

    I am able to find white acre peas at my local produce store, not to mention almost all of the farmer’s markets. I do struggle to find organic ones, but local is next best!

  4. tony smith — October 8, 2009 @ 9:46 am

    OMG – my best friend and I were just talking about white acre peas yesterday. Now, I am desperately trying to find them in Washington, DC. We both grew up in northern Florida. Help! Although I hated shelling peas, I loved shelling white acres, because that meant we would soon be eating them. Of course, a lot of them went into the “deep freezer” too!

  5. Angie — October 12, 2009 @ 7:42 am

    @tony smith,
    I tried emailing you, I found these frozen at Winn Dixie, maybe you could find them at a Food Lion, not sure, or a discount grocery.

  6. Michael — October 17, 2009 @ 6:56 am

    I just bought fresh white acres last evening at Ward’s Grocery in Gainesville, FL. A must stop for any foodies.This is a 1960s style grocery on steroids.

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  9. Beth Mattair — July 26, 2010 @ 1:11 pm

    Perry, Florida roadside vegetable stand is the best place to find acre peas.

  10. mary — September 30, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

    I have the exact craving. My grandmother used to cook these all of the time! I live in NYC now and doubt there’s any chance of finding them here.

    • lynda howard — October 4, 2010 @ 12:06 pm

      amazing chat i grew up in jackson county fl my g-mother had these little peas on the stove top constantly yumm now my sister and i both crave to find them she lives in AZ and i live in SC

  11. All the fresh peas you want and all kinds!!! Rogers Farm is right out side of Gainesville, Fl. Phone #386-462-2406 — June 12, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    They have the most wonderful white acre peas, purple hull, black eyes, fordhook limas, green butter beans and more. Just call and order them.

  12. All the fresh peas you want and all kinds!!! Rogers Farm is right out side of Gainesville, Fl. Phone #386-462-2406 — June 12, 2012 @ 11:31 am


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  14. Anonymous — July 21, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    White Acre peas are my single most favorite thing in the world! I live in Maryland and just got back from Alabama where my aunt cooked some up for me. We were just discussing how there must be a way to find someone who could ship them up here. No one I know in Maryland has ever heard of them!

  15. michelle freier — January 3, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

    Thank you Angie! I spent many afternoons in my own parent’s garden as a child. In Michigan, however, so I had never heard of White Acre Peas. I got these at Winn Dixie here in Northern Florida where I know live. Had NO clue what to do with them. I shall try this recipe. If u have any others it would be great to see them.

  16. Erika — April 13, 2014 @ 12:15 am

    I grew up in northern Florida & the coast of Mississippi. White Acre Peas have always been a staple at my grandmother’s dinner table. I now live on a farm in Indiana & grow my own! No one around here has ever heard of them, so of course I have to order my seeds from down South… I cook them in water with bacon, butter, salt & pepper. I already have my seedlings started indoors, hoping the last frost will be in the next few weeks so I can get those babies planted!

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