PIGEON PEA know as CAJANUS CAJAN/Gandules/Jamaican Gungo/Congo Peas
PIGEON PEA know as CAJANUS CAJAN/Gandules/Jamaican Gungo/Congo Peas.
The pigeon pea is a perennial legume from the family Fabaceae. Since its domestication in India at least 3,500 years ago, its seeds have become a common food grain in Asia, Africa, and Latin America and the caribbean.
Grow pigeon pea seeds in your farm or garden. Grow pigeon peas from seed. Pigeon peas are remarkably hardy and grows in mild temperate to hot arid conditions. It can survive with very little water. Pigeon Peas will grow in all types of soil. It improves soil fertility by fixing atmospheric Nitrogen. It can be eaten as a tasty green vegetable or used for lentils. It is an excellent chicken feed. Pigeon pea is grown as sole crop or often intercropped with corn, pulses and cotton. When inter-cropped, it benefits from the fertilizer program for the crop; while the crop benefits from nitrogen fixation by pigeonpea.
Pigeonpea seed for farms: 4-5 kg (9-12 lbs) per acre at spacing of 90cm x 20cm.
Pigeonpea seed for gardens: 50 to 100 seeds for 5ft X 5ft (25 sq ft) area
It has been cultivated at least 3,000 years and is believed to have originated in India, spread to East Africa, and then to the Americas via the early slave trade.
Pigeon peas are a vigorous, productive, drought-tolerant legume. They have a pungent, sweet flavor and mealy texture and are used in dishes combined with beans and rice and are often seasoned with hot chilies. The slow cooking nature of these beans allows for a rich, savory broth to be created.
Culture: They are cultivated like Southern peas and soybeans. Sow seeds to one inch deep, three to four inches apart on raised beds with forty inches between beds. Plant late in the spring after soil temperatures have warmed. Germination can take fifteen to twenty days if planted too early. It is a long season crop requiring approximately 140 days from seeding to the beginning of harvest. In most parts of the United States where freezing temperatures are possible, they must be grown as an annual. Each packet contains one ounce, which is approximately 500 seeds.
|Type: Nutrititous high-protein peas|
|Plant: 4-5 ft tall shrub|
|Fruits : Pods with 4-5 peas in clusters|
|Maturity: 140- days|