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Friday, April 18, 2014

P is for...

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For this, my 5th year doing the Challenge, it's the

A to Z of Anansi the spider.

P is for Peas and Pumpkin

Papas y arvejas

When you hear/read the words peas and pumpkin I bet you picture these guys.

When I hear/read peas and pumpkin I'm thinking pigeon peas (gondules) and a squash grown in the tropics that I've always known to be a Hubbard squash. But it isn't the Hubbard it's called calabaza (Cucurbita moschata). There's an article from the University of Puerto Rico about growing them HERE and it has some pictures.
Arroz con gandules
Rice and pigeon peas.

Pumpkins are a delicious staple and the vine grows well in the tropics. After all, it's a tropical squash.

Pigeon peas can be brown or green. The plants are hardy and thrive evenin the islands.

Both peas and pumpkin are added to many different dishes and are mentioned quite a bit in the Anansi stories.

But then they would be, because it's... FOOD!

Have you ever eaten gondules? 


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  2. Hi Bish, I like both Peas and Pumpkins. We get green peas here, not brown.

  3. Interesting. The grocer nearest me has a huge international section, reflecting the neighborhood, and includes some Caribbean specialities. I'm now curious to see if they carry either of these foods.

  4. Peas have to be mixed with just the right foods before I will eat them.

  5. We also have one of those stores that carry international foods. I wonder if I could find gondules there. I love pumpkin in just about any shape of form.

    Thanks for give food for thought.

  6. Are the pigeon peas anything like garbanzos? That rice with pigeon peas looks delicious.

  7. Yum that looks delicious, can I have some cake now? I've been good, I promise.

  8. Never eaten it, but I'd be interested in trying it. Want to bring some over? ;)

    True Heroes from A to Z

  9. I've never eaten pumpkin except in pumpkin pie - which I LOVE!! Yummy! :)

  10. I haven't had gondules, at least that I know of! And I love some good pumpkin--one of my favorite foods!

  11. We have only recently started eating pumpkin in the uk. Nice to meet and connect through the AtoZ challenge.

  12. This is amazing and I was just taking curcubita for.... for what? I think it was for kidneys. You have probably noticed that the food I eat is for my inner health. Yummmm looks so healthy.

  13. I never associated pumpkin with squash until reading this.

    I've had pigeons peas a few times.

  14. Hi human, Bish,

    All we are saying is give peas a chance. Oh, you can eat pumpkin? I thought y'all carved them out and stuck candles in them.

    Gondules? Sounds painful! :)

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny, the friendly host of the Alphabark Challenge! :)

  15. I haven't, but I'm very curious. It looks delicious! I wonder if there's any way to try such a thing here in Canada.

  16. Just stopping by from the A-Z list to say "Hi" and good luck with the rest of the challenge :)


  17. I think pigeon peas are what we call gungo peas in Jamaica.


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