One common gift received in the early months of the year is a pack of gungo peas. We accept it wholeheartedly knowing that gungo peas are usually very expensive in the market.
Gungo peas are actually Pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) and we cook them in rice, and in soups. Today’s photos show the shelling of gungo peas. Not everyone is willing to pick or shell out gungo peas, since most times, the pods cause your fingers to become stained. Also, quite a few pods are filled with blighted peas and worms. I’ve planted some gungo peas in our flower pots, and they’ve grown from the immature, greenish white peas. I didn’t sow the dry peas as I wanted to prove the point that gungo trees can grow from either immature or dried seeds. See photos of the plants below. Very soon I’ll plant these young trees on our hillside so that we will have our own gungo peas this Christmas 2016.