Even though we are in the month of September, most of us are already planning for Christmas. In the Caribbean, it is a Christmas tradition to have green pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan) in our pots. The bright green colour of these sweet peas is seen in our curries, stews, vegetable pies and rice mixes.
The pigeon pea is a leguminous perennial plant that has a lifespan of three to five years once maintained. These trees thrive in the rainy season and also display a high drought tolerance. Growing a pigeon pea tree is very simple and if planted today, you can harvest your own pea pods just in time for Christmas.
The following is a planting guide for growing green pigeon peas: