Thursday, May 7, 2009

Chickpeas and Choptag

Today I had a great day in the garden. I planted 6 rows of Turnip greens, black chickpeas, Basil, Flat leaf Parsley and Cilantro.
I never knew there was such a thing as black chickpeas. I was in one of the local nurseries and saw the seeds. They were from Seeds of Change, one of my favorite seed suppliers. I bought some to plant and did a little research on them. The black ones are called Kala Chana. From what I'm reading they have a very different taste than the normal white ones we are used to. Nuttier, earthier and stronger flavored. Apparently they have been grown for over 6,000 years in the Middle East. Also found out there are red chickpeas and also green. Wow.. I had no idea and I'm in love with chickpeas. I eat them like crazy in salads and I eat Hummus like I'm Arab. LOL

I'll have to update you later in the season on what I thought about the taste.
Headin' out for Choptag tomorrow morning. I love getting together with some of the growers. Will get to see Gary Millwood (my hero) again. I'm sure I will be coming home with more tomatoes than I really need. It's just part of the sickness. I'll make sure and post some pics from Choptag!!

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