Pigeon Peas can be served in the same manner as green peas, combining them with other vegetables such as carrots and cauliflower. They require a cooking time slightly longer than garden peas and when eaten are not quite as sweet, due to a lower sugar content. Also, the Pigeon Peas have a higher starch content.
When selecting, if selected when fresh, look for those that have a velvety, smooth skin with even color, avoiding any that are pale, shriveled or have brown spots. Wrap in plastic and store in the vegetable drawer of the refrigerator to keep fresh for up to two days. However, Pigeon Peas are also available split and dried, canned, and frozen. This variety of legume is also known as Congo bean, goongoo bean, grandule verde, and no-eyed pea.