Dating as far back as 3500 BC, chickpeas have been a staple in the diets of many cultures in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Also known by the name “garbanzo beans”, these legumes are used to make a variety of dishes including chickpea salad, roasted chickpeas, hummus, chakhchoukha, and more. The two primary types of chickpea are known as “desi” and “kabuli”, and though they have different traits, they are both used in a variety of dishes across the world.
Chickpeas provide many health benefits, including:
- Chickpeas contain lots of fiber – only two cups full provides a full daily serving
- Chickpeas are thought to help the body regulate blood sugar levels
- Chickpeas are high in protein
- Chickpeas contain substantial amounts of iron
- Chickpeas contain manganese, an anti-oxidant
If you’re looking to spice up your food variety, chickpeas are an excellent and healthy way to go!