Botanic name: Cicer arietinum
Health Benefits of Chickpeas
One of the earliest cultivated legumes Chickpeas are high in protein, iron, vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, are very low in sodium and fat and are gluten free.
Chickpeas Growing Information
Plant Chickpeas in full sun in loose, well-drained soil rich in organic matter.
Mulch well to conserve soil moisture.
Avoid overhead watering which can hurt the flowers and pods.
Side dress with aged compost and avoid high nitrogen rich fertilisers.
Chickpeas can be picked and eaten fresh like snap peas or harvested for drying when the leaves have began to wither.
- Rinse 800g cooked Chickpeas in cold water and tip into the food processor.
- Add 4 tsp Tahini, 2 cloves crushed Garlic, 1 tsp salt, 3 1/2tbsp Lemon juice and 7 tbsp water.
- Turn on the food processor and slowly pour in 6 tbsp extra virgin oil while it runs.
- When the mixture is fully combined and smooth, tip it into a serving dish.
- Drizzle with some more extra virgin Olive oil and decorate with a few whole Chickpeas.
- Sprinkle with Paprika and finely chopped Coriander or Parsley leaves, for colour.