Mr. Goudas Events and News

Jul 13, 1972

PIGEON PEAS OR CONGO PEAS



Goudas foods creates the first label for the green pigeon peas, which many know by the word gandules, in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad.
This variety of peas is not similar to the Canadian sweet peas (item #88); it has a different, stronger taste, and it is mostly popular among Indian, Caribbean and Latin American people. 

Other common names are red gram, toovar, toor, gandul, Gungo pea, and no-eye pea. 

The cultivation of the pigeon pea goes back at least 3000 years.
The centre of origin is most likely Asia from where it travelled to East Africa and by means of the slave trade to the New World.
Today pigeon peas are widely cultivated in all tropical and semi-tropical regions of both the Old and the New World.
Cultivation on a large scale exists in areas like the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Peru. 


Pigeon Peas/Congo Peas was unknown to the Canadian Market, and after several requests from customers, Mr. Goudas thought that it would be a good idea to introduce a small quantity to the Canadian market on a trial basis.

He insisted on importing the fresh, green pigeon peas as opposed to the dry pigeon peas in the can (item #24). His first shipment came up from the Dominican Republic. 

Although this was its first arrival in Canada, if you search the internet for Pigeon Peas you will notice that it is not new to the world. It is a fact that Mr. Goudas is the first to introduce Pigeon Peas into the Canadian Market and, as always, there were imitators the moment he brought this product into Canada.

One thing that makes Mr. Goudas Brand the leader in the market is the fact that he insists on a particular size, the right moment to can from fresh, with the right amount of salt, and the proper sterilization.

It gives a huge difference in the taste when a product is packed from fresh, as opposed to packed from frozen. 


In the years to come Mr. Goudas Pigeon Peas (item #57) became the number one seller in the Canadian market. 

Just a small reminder that at that time there was no Internet to click in a word and find out what the item of interest is.
Mr. Goudas had to send a photographer in the fields to be able to obtain the picture and show to the Canadian Customs what the real thing looked like, so that the product could be entered into the Canadian Tarif book.
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