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.