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Facts for Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)

Chickpeas are a good source of protein, fiber, potassium, folate and other important nutrients.

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  • You might know of chickpeas as garbanzo beans.  They are called chickpeas because of their unique shape that resembles the beak of a baby chick.

    - USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

  • Dry chickpeas are part of the pulse family, which also includes dry peas, lentils and dry beans.

    - USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

  • Pulses are part of the legume family.  Legumes are dry fruits or pods that contain seeds or dry grains.  Pulses are unique in that they're dried naturally in the field instead of harvested prematurely.

    - USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council

  • Chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) can also be harvested fresh, before they dry, and served steamed or roasted.  They are bright green when harvested fresh.