Chickpeas

Considered as one of the earliest cultivated legumes (7,500 year old remains have been found in the Middle East) Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are beige-colored, pea-shaped legumes; which are very popular in the Mediterranean, Middle East and South Asia. They have a mild nutty taste and can be a great substitute for meat; they are also a good source of fibre, protein and folate. The plant grows to between 20–50 cm (8–20 inches) high and has small feathery leaves on either side of the stem. Chickpeas are a type of pulse, with one seedpod containing two or three peas. It has white flowers with blue, violet or pink veins. India, Mexico, Canada, USA and Argentina are the main producers of Chickpeas; however most of the production in India is used for local consumption; thus being the other origins the main suppliers for export quality chickpeas.