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looking for Pigeon Pea seed

 
Travis Custer
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Hello all....I have been looking for pigeon pea seed that is organic and open pollinated with no chem/fungicidal treatments and am having a terribly hard time. Specifically because I am looking to buy a pound or so, and the two or three sites I have found sell only 1 oz. packets, and some are not openly "organic" or "open pollinated".

My question is....does anyone out there know of any good sources of bulk pigeon pea seed? I have a feeling there are some folks out there saving their own and I would love to find you and strike up some sort of trade. My wife and 5 month old son are involved with a young, growing permaculture farm/community in Northern Nicaragua and will be heading down in a month to spend some more time. Would love to figure out some pigeon pea seed ahead of time.

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Travis
 
John Sizemore
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When I lived in the Dominican Republic we would just use the ones out of the grocery store. If we had some we liked really well we would just plant some out of the same bag. You should be able to get them at almost any ethnic food store.
 
John Sizemore
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guandules is what they will be called in the stores
 
Travis Custer
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John, that seems to be everyones advice....good as it is I don't have any local stores to get bulk pigeon pea. Guess I'll keep looking. In any case did you ever have a problem with the seed producing true. As in, do you think the pigeon pea you were buying from the stores was hybrid or true breeding? I have just been reading a lot about the extensive hybridization of pigeon pea for large agricultural market and just want to see if people have any experience.

thanks for your reply and help

 
John Sizemore
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I never had any trouble with hybrids. Not to say they are not a concern. If you are looking for them in Honduras I am sure they are available there. Gunadules grew as weeds everywhere I ever traveled. I only would plant varieties to play around with if I liked the flavor.
IF you are going to be in country just stop by any shop and pick them up for a couple of dollars on the way in. I really doubt anybody local would not be able to get them. My experience with the Dominican situation is the inability to understand poly culture and mulching.
 
John Sizemore
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All else fails
http://www.especiesseeds.com/servlet/the-389/Cajanus-cajan--dsh--Edible/Detail
 
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