Pigeonpeas (Cajanus cajan) are also known as red gram. In India, they are known as toor or arhar. They are believed to have originated in Asia; some experts believe them to be of Indian origin, while others believe they originated in the Middle East.
They have been cultivated for over 3,000 years, and, in addition to the use of their seeds as a food crop, the woody stems of the plant are valuable as firewood and as fencing and thatch. The plants are noted for their ability to grow in a wider range of soil types than most legumes.
Pigeonpeas are a good source of protein, thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, folate and manganese.
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Nutrition data from USDA SR-21.