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Where to obtain non-canned Guandú (Gandules) in DC area?

helenahimm Dec 8, 2009 11:44 AM

Hi I was wondering if anyone knows where I can buy non-canned Guandú (Gandules).

I would like to make some Rice w/culantro and Guandú for Christmas.


  1. t
    treetop tom Dec 9, 2009 02:56 AM

    Shoppers has the dried pidgeon peas in their Latino section with the Goya foodstuffs. Almost any Latino or Caribbean grocery will have them. See this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5519...

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    1. re: treetop tom
      helenahimm Dec 10, 2009 05:02 PM

      Sorry I posted this and someone already wrote about it, I didn't know the word Pidgeon or Gandules before, but thanks so much for the information =)


      though by dried in the can do you know if they mean like when you buy it in a bag? you know like when you buy lentils and beans that is raw and you can cook it from scratch?

      Thanks again.

      1. re: helenahimm
        treetop tom Dec 10, 2009 05:21 PM

        Goya Gandules come dried in 1 lb. cello bags or prepared (heat & serve) in a 15 oz. can. I've never seen them "fresh" in a store here in the greater DC area.

        1. re: treetop tom
          helenahimm Apr 8, 2010 01:01 PM

          I will drive today to the GrandMarket to see if I can find it...and Shoppers... and will keep trying =)


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      Russel Shank Dec 8, 2009 04:05 PM

      mmn, don't even know what that is really. There's a brazilian market in Wheaton if that helps.

      11425 Grandview Avenue, Wheaton, MD‎ - (301) 942-8412‎

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      1. re: Russel Shank
        helenahimm Dec 8, 2009 04:36 PM

        Hi Russel, thanks for the info on the market. This is how fresh Guandu looks like http://www.panamacanalcountry.com/images/El%20Valle%20Guandu.JPG

        And a canned one would be http://www.latinmerchant.com/images/p...

        And I just realized in English is called Green Pigeon Peas

        I will give them a call =) Thanks again

        1. re: helenahimm
          Beto_pan Dec 8, 2009 07:54 PM

          I remember the guandú man in Panama walking up the street, pushing his cart, yelling "guanduuuuuu!"

          1. re: helenahimm
            Russel Shank Dec 9, 2009 04:15 AM

            Sure. I don't know how much this will help, but I've been mapping all the ethnic/specialty groceries in our area. I've really only done East Asian and S. Asian/Middle Eastern. A lot of them carry latin/S American stuff though. At the least, you can find your home on the map, zoom out to see the shops in your area, then click on them to find the phone number for asking.

            East Asian -


            Indian/Middle Eastern/Mediterranean - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=104100431078867355106.000479f91149ba7eca26f

            African/Ethiopian - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=104100431078867355106.00047a0066c575da913b1

            Miscellaneous/Latin/European - http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF...

            Check out the last one especially. When it pops up, the title is "My Saves Places" or something, but it has a rag tag listing of some latin markets. The African one is super incomplete too.

            I don't think I have it listed, but if you're in D.C., check out that latino grocery on 14th around Columbia Heights, on that strip of latino businesses. I think its next to Carolina Restaurant or something. White building, left side of the street when you're heading North.

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