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Dec 8, 2009 11:44 AM

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

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.


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  1. 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

      Hi Russel, thanks for the info on the market. This is how fresh Guandu looks like

      And a canned one would be

      And I just realized in English is called Green Pigeon Peas

      I will give them a call =) Thanks again

      1. re: helenahimm

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

        1. re: helenahimm

          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 -

          African/Ethiopian -

          Miscellaneous/Latin/European -

          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.

      2. 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:

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        1. re: treetop tom

          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

            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

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