Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans or ceci, have a creamy texture and nutty taste.
Widely used in the Middle East, Mediterranean and India, chickpeas are the starring ingredient in dishes such as hummus, falafel, dals and curries.
In addition to providing a good source of vegetarian protein, chickpeas are also high in fiber and nutrients including vitamin B6, folate and magnesium. Recent research shows that chickpeas are especially important to help keep blood sugar stable.
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Selecting and Storing Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans
Chickpeas are available dried or canned, as well as in packaged ready-made Indian foods and in "flour" form. Store dried chickpeas in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place. They will keep for up to 12 months. Cooked chickpeas will keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to three days in a covered container.