Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pigeon Peas and Moringa

I picked a bowl full of dried pigeon pea pods yesterday.

I'll let them sit a few more days before I shell them and store them in a jar.  This was about 1/3 of the crop.  There should be another round ready to harvest in a week or two.  There are still lots of flowers so they're still producing pods.

Have I mentioned how much I love pigeon peas???  They are no fuss plants which grow into bushes.  They'll live through several seasons, even in the awful heat and humidity we get here in SW FL.  You just set 'em and forget 'em (mostly).  I've found that if they reach a foot tall, they're good to go on their own.

After the harvest is in I'll give them a good haircut and use the clippings for mulch.

If I can just manage to have a weekend where I can actually get some gardening done I'll be planting a dozen more pigeon peas seeds around the yard!

I'll also be planting several moringa trees once the rainy season starts up.  My one good tree still hasn't produced seeds.  Harumph.  I'm going to do an experiement of sorts.  5 in pots, 5 in crappy, non amended soil (which is pretty darn horrible), and 5 in a "patch" of amended soil.  It will be interesting to see which, if any, trees produce seeds.

And speaking of Moringa, I just had an awesome late lunch smoothie - 2 tbls dried moringa, 1/2 cup pineapple chunks, 2 tbls coconut water, 1/2 cup papaya, splash of apple juice and some water.  Marvelous.


  1. What a healthy smoothie! I'm curious ~ what do pigeon peas taste like?

  2. What do pigeon peas taste like...hmmmm. Well, when cooked they're earthy, firm, beans. I don't think they'd get mushy even if you cooked them all day (although I've never tried that, just what I've read). We like that they're not mushy. It's an interesting consistency when paired with rice. When I pick them in the green stage, they're a firm textured green pea taste. Not sweet. I'm definitely a fan of green and dried. I love the idea that they grow on these giant bushes, with very little care. That totally works for me!