Carlin Peas

Where: Anywhere but particularly North East England
When: Carlin Sunday
Time: Any time


Carlin Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent, also known as Passion Sunday and it was traditional particularly in North East England to eat Carlin peas on this day. These are variously known asΒ  Carlins,pigeon peas, grey peas and a plethora of other names and I bought mine on ebay. They are bought dried then soaked overnight and fried in butter – we ate ours with that other Northumbrian favourite, Pan Haggerty.

Helpful Hints

They increase in volume dramatically on soaking so you’ll probably have a bigger dishful than you anticipated.

In 2018 it falls on 18th March.