Nothing so good as these fresh-shelled in the summer. Mama and Daddy used to go to the Farmer's Market in Mobile and get bushels of these to put up in the freezer. I remember sitting under the China Berry tree in the front yard shelling those beans and peas, until I could sneak away! This recipe will work with either fresh peas or beans.
3 cups fresh or frozen Crowder peas or butter beans
1/2 cup fresh or frozen okra, sliced
1/2 cup chopped ham
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley