Until recently I never thought of how chickpeas were grown let alone if they could be eaten fresh. When I shared some sour apricots that I found at a nearby Middle Eastern grocer with a co-worker who is originally from Lebanon a few weeks ago (which, by the way were a unique and tasty treat) she told me about all the delicious fruits and vegetables from her home that she missed. One of them was fresh chickpeas! Now most people have had chickpeas in some form such has hummus, in salads or soups, and of course one of my ultimate favs: falafels! So to learn that these little legumes could be eaten fresh was brand new information to me.
Cut to yesterday when I'm back at the nearby Middle Eastern grocer where I found bags of fresh chickpeas in their produce section! Obviously I had to buy a bag to try them out and what a treat they are.
They are grown in little pods with one or two chickpeas inside each pod. I removed the chickpeas and found that they tasted very slightly like the canned or dried/rehydrated/cooked chickpeas I've eaten in the past but with an added fresh green pea flavour too.
Since I have a 1lb bag of these to eat I need some other ideas on how to eat them other than just one their own or added to a salad (which is what I did for last night's dinner). Anyone out there with some unique uses/recipes for these fresh legumes? Share in the comments!