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Pigeon Peas (Gandules) - Where to find in DC area?

twistyhair Aug 25, 2008 09:14 AM

Hi -

Being a good descendant of West Indians, I need to periodically cook Peas & Rice (or Rice & Peas depending on which part of the Caribbean you are from - lol).

I'm a newcomer to the DC area and have not yet found a place to buy pigeon peas. I live in Arlington, but will travel to find a good Caribbean or African market.

Please point me in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

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    bluepig1 RE: twistyhair Aug 25, 2008 10:10 AM

    I live in Baltimore, but I always get my pigeon peas when making Rice & Peas from Shoppers - Goya brand, canned or dried, in their relatively extensive international foods section. Multiple locations in NoVA (locations list at www.shoppersfood.com ) , not sure if any of them are convenient for you.

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      Vollmond RE: bluepig1 Aug 25, 2008 10:14 AM

      I agree with you. Shoppers is very ethnic friendly. I was able to find many ethnic pantry items there. Met all my needs every time I go there.

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        Vollmond RE: bluepig1 Aug 25, 2008 10:16 AM

        One more thing I want to add ... Redners in Joppa (on Pulaski Highway) has a half of an aisle devoted to Goya products. Really nice selections there.

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        JLMM RE: twistyhair Aug 25, 2008 10:11 AM

        You didn't say how you want your gandules, but my Puerto Rican mother-in-law prefers hers frozen. I pick the Goya ones up for her from the Magruders in Alexandria (395 @ Seminary Rd.) or the El Grande in Springfield (On Hechinger Drive, just off Backlick Road at the Beltway ).

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          twistyhair RE: twistyhair Aug 25, 2008 11:48 AM

          Thanks Chowhounds - you're amazing. Peas & Rice will be on the stove tomorrow evening - lol!

          To JLMM, I've always use dried but now that you've given me the tip to find the frozen peas, I'll try those.

          1. alkapal RE: twistyhair Sep 12, 2008 04:51 AM

            just saw them at shopper's food warehouse at seven corners in falls church.

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