I enjoyed reading this one since back in Texas growing up, my rather elderly parents would ignore the mature pods in favor of just a bowl of snaps. Since I was the one raising the vittles out back, I tried letting the fruit mature in order to try fresh peas WITH snaps. It was delicious, and I finally have earth of my own again in which to grow black eyed peas here in California. My wife hates just hearing the word "pea," but I keep assuring her that there is nothing better than fresh black eyed peas. Tonight the first batch goes in the pot! I will try frying up bacon with onions and kale, and using this as a stock in which to boil the peas.