Also known as garbanzo beans, Chickpeas are becoming an important and vital part of the world’s current cuisine development; not only because they are the base of one of the most popular side dish or dipping items since ancient times and now being re-discovered in the western world, Hummus; but also because of their amazing protein content, cooking versatility and easy storage.
Traces of chickpeas cultivation have been dated around 3500 BCE in what is today Turkey and Greece, but are nowadays produced mainly in America, with USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina as the world’s main sources for this Legume. Other countries such as India, Turkey and Pakistan have a great chickpeas production, however is almost consumed on its entirety locally and in order to satisfy the demand they have to import from other origins in the world. If you look deep enough, you will find that there is a different way of cooking chickpeas or that they are consumed in one form or another in almost every country in the planet, something that can’t easily be said about other types of Legumes.
FUN FACT: Chickpeas are believed to have been grown in the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the Eight wonders from the ancient world.