savory, hearty, creamy
Pop the chickpea out of the fuzzy pod, rinse (see above) and they are ready to cook! You can eat them raw, as they have a pleasant nutty flavor, or cooked. The shelling process may take some time, but it's a great family activity or something to do while you relax in front of the T.V.
cooking tips + recipes
Keep in the pod until the day before/of cooking. Store unshelled pods the same way as bush beans (see 'Beans, Bush, Snap) If you want to shell your garbanzos beforehand:
Wash fresh shelled garbanzos well, removing any debris. Rinse several times until the water runs clear.
Let the beans drain in a colander for 5 minutes, before transferring them to a sink/bowl filled with cool water. Repeat this step twice more.
Dry thoroughly - Use a kitchen towel to pat the beans dry. Don't rub them vigorously. Gently press down on them.
Store in an airtight container. Ensure that it has a tight lid. Please keep them in the refrigerator. But do remember that the beans shouldn't stay longer than a few days.
varieties we grow
'Black Sicilian' 'Golden Dragon'