what were the greeen things the old man gave james
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The Old Man gives him magic green pellets and tells James that if he follows a special set of instructions, something wonderful will happen to him. At first glace they look like pellets...... stones or crystals.
Take a look, my dear," he said, opening the bag and tilting it toward James. Inside it, James could see a mass of tiny green things that looked like little stones or crystals, each one about the size of a grain of rice. They were extraordinarily beautiful, and there was a strange brightness about them, a sort of luminous quality that made them glow and sparkle in the most wonderful way.
The pellets are made in the following way;
Then suddenly he jumped back and began waving his stick madly in the air. "Crocodile tongues!" he cried. "One thousand long slimy crocodile tongues boiled up in the skull of a dead witch for twenty days and nights with the eyeballs of a lizard! Add the fingers of a young monkey, the gizzard of a pig, the beak of a green parrot, the juice of a porcupine, and three spoonfuls of sugar. Stew for another week, and then let the moon do the rest.
crocodile tounges or lizards tounges or monkey tounges
I think it was lizard tongues.