How To Grow Chickpeas And Their Benefits

The chickpea, also called the garbanzo bean or ceci(chee-chee) bean is a cool-season, easy to grow annual. Native to the Middle East, this crop has been used for over 7000 years. Today chickpeas are still commonly used in many popular dishes such as curries, hummus and falafel. In this article, we will share how to grow chickpeas, the nutrients and health benefits they can offer.

How To Grow Chickpeas

Sow directly outdoors from mid-late spring. Grow chickpeas in open soil or raised garden beds in full sun, they will tolerate partial shade. Sow chickpeas around 1-2 inches deep, 12-18 inches apart in well-drained rich in organic matter such as compost or manure.

Water plants regularly, especially in dry spells, try to keep soil evenly moist and weed free. Fertilisers are optional, but if you want the best results feed with a low in nitrogen fertiliser such as a 5-10-10.

Chickpeas are usualy ready for harvest around 100 days afters sowing. They can be picked when pods are still green, and eaten like snap beans, or when leaves have turned brown and withered.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Chickpeas are rich in nutrients including iron, phosphorus, copper, manganese, vitamin B-9 and are packed with plant based-protein. In addition they offer many health benefits. For example, chickpeas may help control appetite, weight, blood sugar, may benefit digestion, protect against certian chronic diseases including heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes.

Chickpeas are extremely easy to add to your diet as they are versatile and are can be used in many dishes. Chickpeas is the main ingredient for hummus, and can be added in many soups, salads, sandwiches and curries.