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A Bushel and a Peck

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Growing up in the deep heart of Alabama, I ‘ve heard some pretty weird and unusual terms over my life time.  Even words that are correct but twisted a bit by the endearing sound of a southern dialect.  I was recently graced by one of these terms by non other than my Mother!

Jesse (my Northern man) brought home a huge bucket of fresh pears for me.  One of his friends has a pear tree and gladly shared the abundance of fruit it leant.  The only recipe I know that requires a LOT of pears is one that has been passed down through the generations of my family.  It’s called Pear Relish….and if you don’t know what that is, then the only way I can describe it is this:  It’s the texture of relish, but with a sweet flavor and we eat it on black-eyed peas.  Don’t know why….we just do.

So I called up my Mother to retrieve this recipe.  I’ve never made it, I’ve only ever gotten the jars that she cans herself.  She gladly got her recipe out and started reading it off to me.  It was the volume of the first ingredient that threw me……it was a Peck of Pears.  Can I just say, WHAT THE HECK IS A PECK?  I thought that was just a saying, not a “real” something!  Who’s with me?

I laughed and said, “Mom, how many pears will make a peck”, to which she replied “I don’t know”….hey, thanks mom! So I turned to my good friend Google and did some research of my own.

Today I would like to share with you the true measurements of a bushel and a peck for those of you wondering or those of you in need!

*Interesting Fact*  These measurements actually derive from a very old English unit of measuring.  I guess the farmers of the south just hung onto them for  a while.

A Bushel: A bushel is equal to a  dry measurement of 8 Gallons or 4 pecks ;-)

A Peck:  A peck is equal to a dry measurement of 2 Gallons, 8 Quarts or 1/4 a Bushel ;-)

Hope this clears things up for you guys…mostly me!










5 comments on “A Bushel and a Peck

  1. Jennifer Gaddis on said:

    My grandmother and mother used to sing a song to us….”I love you, a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. A hug around the neck and a barrell and a heap, a barrell and a heap and I’m talking in my sleep about YOU!” I sing it to my kiddos today and they just laugh and laugh. I never thought about the “real measurements” of love in the song! =)

  2. that is funny because I sing that song “a bushel and a peck” to the kids and from time to time wondered just how much that was….NOW I KNOW!!!!!

  3. Gloria Kirkpatrick on said:

    My dad always purchased from the Farmers Market and he would come in with bushels and pecks, so I have heard that all my life. Also use to sing the song to my kids and now my grandkids.

  4. Wendie on said:

    My mom sang it to us too and I’ve passed it right along. Found this link to Doris Day singing it if you’d like the melody. We never did the second verse – one was enough!!

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