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Garbanzo, Chickpea

Chick pea, Bengal grain, Common gram, Cecci, Indian gram, Gram pea

Leguminosae Cicer arietinum L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Garbanzo is a pea-like, bushy, hairy, annual plant about 2 feet in height. Leaves are compound pinnate. The culture is the same as for dry beans. The edible seeds borne in pods are near round, but flattened on the sides, about 1/3-inch diameter.


Season, seeding to harvest: 4 to 5 months.

Production in U.S.: 2,500 to 5,000 tons. Additional quantities imported.

Use: Cooked in soup, salad.

Part of plant consumed: Seeds only.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch