One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An edible dark red tropical seed.
- ‘Traditional rural staples are sweet potatoes, manioc, yams, corn, rice, pigeon peas, cowpeas, bread, and coffee.’
- ‘Popular Caribbean staples include pigeon peas and rice, and ‘callaloo,’ a dish made from callaloo greens, okra, salted pork, crab, and fresh fish.’
- ‘Peas with rice, a dietary staple, consists of dried pigeon peas and rice prepared with thyme and other spices.’
- ‘Be sure also to try ‘pelau’ buttery pigeon peas and tasty rice and try the desserts - ‘kurma’ and ‘sawine’.’
- ‘So it follows that where there is a pulse, there can be a dal, and in India some of the most popular are those made with pigeon peas, chickpeas, mung beans and red lentils.’
2The woody Old World plant which yields pigeon peas, with pods and foliage that are used as fodder.
Cajanus cajan, family Leguminosae
- ‘The farmers in the village grew ragi, cow pea, pigeon pea, green gram, jowar, horse gram and sesame.’
- ‘He controls diseases and pests by intercropping the aloe vera with plants such as dates, amla, melons, millet, castor, mungbean, pigeon pea, vegetables and selected medicinal plants.’
- ‘The peanut season has passed, but the dry plant stubs remain alongside scrubby pigeon pea shrubs.’
- ‘Sorghum and pigeon pea, for example, are grown as intercrops in drier parts of India.’
- ‘Rotation of potato, mint, rice, wheat and pigeon pea can bring double the profit.’
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