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Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are beige-coloured, pea-shaped legumes. Popular in the Mediterranean, Middle East and South Asia, they have a mild nutty taste and can be a substitute for meat. Find out why these legumes are good for you and how you can enjoy them more often!
Chickpeas are grown in the southern parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan. In fact, Canada is one of the top exporters of chickpeas worldwide. Look for Product of Canada on packaging to find out if chickpeas are locally produced. Buying Canadian foods supports the Canadian economy and our farming families.
When cooking chickpeas, add ingredients such as tomatoes and vinegar after the chickpeas are tender. These acidic ingredients slow the cooking process if they are added too early.
If you are using canned chickpeas, drain and rinse them with water to cut the sodium content by almost a half. Rinse well in cold water to make them easier to digest and less gas-producing.
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