The Last of the Pwa Kongo

Mostly these are hulls that remain after the beating and pounding. Sweeping them lightly about leaves the heavier peas behind. The hulls will go back on the garden, and the peas will be tossed in the air on a windy day so chaff and dust blow away. Then they’ll be picked through carefully by hand, so only the best ones go into the cooking pot. What’s discarded will be tossed out for the animals (goats, chickens, pig) to eat. This is the tail end of the harvest. When it was in full swing, the pile of peas that they beat on in the yard was as tall as a person.

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