Sunday, September 2, 2007


My wife's career as a chef inspires me to try new foods all the time. Hummus and falafel are delicious and are made from ground chick peas (also called garbanzo beans). Garbanzo beans, Cicer arietinum, are an ancient food and an excellent source of protein. Mankind has depended on this plant for food for many millenia. It has long been a staple of the diet of many indigenous peoples of the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, and India. I picked the garbanzo beans out of a mix of seeds for sprouting I purchased in the organic food store to try in my garden. It is always fascinating to meet a new plant!

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