Pigeon peas are different from sugar peas. Pigeon peas are important commercially in India, Africa and in the tropics. Interestingly, they are great drought resistant plant but also do well in hot, humid environments. In some parts of the world, they will grow like a tree or up a tree as a vine and native people have enjoyed their sweet and nutty flavor for centuries.
Ours are delicious and grown as an annual fresh from seed each year in a normal row crop fashion. Many places have to grow this way because the frost and cold weather will damage or kill the plant. We don’t have that problem in Thornton – we just like to control the fields and growing conditions to ensure quality and avoid cross-contamination from other plants and weeds.
Try them with simple foods – country cooking – with garlic, onion, carrots and this adds high protein, sweet flavor and rich fiber to your meal.