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Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan

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3-6 ft bushy perennial, used for dahl. Greenhouse grown.

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The Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan 3-6 ft bushy perennial, used for dahl. Greenhouse grown.

Pigeon Pea Cajanus cajan

The pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) 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. It is consumed on a large scale mainly in south Asia and is a major source of protein for the population of that subcontinent.

The cultivation of the pigeon pea goes back at least 3,500 years. The center of origin is probably peninsular India, where the closest wild relatives (Cajanus cajanifolia) occur in tropical deciduous woodlands. Archaeological finds of pigeon pea dating to about 3400 years ago (14th century BC) have been found at Neolithic sites in south India (Sanganakallu) and its border areas (Tuljapur Garhi in Maharashtra and Gopalpur in Orissa). From India it traveled to East Africa and West Africa. There, it was first encountered by Europeans, so it obtained the name Congo Pea.

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