Garbanzo Beans

Garbanzo Beans

Garbanzo Bean Fact Sheet

Origin: First cultivated in the Middle East 7000 year ago. Commonly eaten by Romans, Greeks and Egyptians

Also Known As: Chickpeas, ceci beans and chana

Staples Today: Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and India. They are particularly popular in India as a provider of protein in the vegetarian diet.

Major Producers: India and Pakistan. In the US, California, Washington and Idaho

Flavor Profile: Mild, nut-like flavor

Texture: Very firm, holds it’s shape well

Nutrition Highlights: Good source of protein, folate and manganese.

Common Dishes: Hummus, falafel, leblebi, soups, stews and curries.


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