Garbanzo Beans, also known as Chickpeas
These legumes are used in a variety of cultural dishes from around the world. They have many health benefits too!
How to Select
Garbanzo beans are primarily purchased in their dried or canned forms.
How to Store
Dried garbanzo beans last for more than a year. For canned beans, use the "sell by date" on the can as your guide. Once canned garbanzos are opened, or dried garbanzos are cooked, keep them refrigerated and use within 3 to 4 days.
How to Prepare
Fresh or canned garbanzo beans can be prepared by baking, boiling, sauteing, frying, simmering in a sauce, grinding them to make falafel, or mashing them to make hummus. Dried garbanzo beans need to be cooked first. Soak dried beans in water overnight, then boil for about 2 hours, until beans are soft.
Recipes with this vegetable
This is the traditional take on this Middle Eastern dish--it's loaded with nutrients such as protein, fiber, iron, and magnesium, and is a delicious snack served with sliced vegetables or whole wheat pita.
Peanut Butter Balls
Kids love these easy, fun and healthy snacks... and chickpeas play a starring role!
Colorful Rice Salad
This delicious and versatile salad may be used as a side dish or a one dish meal.