Mushy peas

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Carlin peas simmering in a pan

Mushy peas are dried marrowfat peas which have been soaked overnight and then boiled. They are a great favourite of the north of England and are a traditional accompaniment to fish and chips, and normally purchased from a local chip shop. Local variations include Lancashire 'black peas' which are an acquired taste[1]. Black peas bear similarities to Carlin or Carling peas served in the north-east of England.

Canned peas have extra colouring added and appear to be emerald green. Home-cooked peas tend to be a pale grey-green colour but their taste can rival the finest hummus or foul medames.

Mushy peas are best served with salt and lashings of vinegar.


  1. see for recipes and directions for eating