Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)

Source & Availability
January Thru April

History (General)
Garbanzo beans originated in the Middle East, the region of the world whose varied food cultures still heavily rely upon this high protein legume. The first record of garbanzos being consumed dates back about seven thousand years. They were first cultivated around approximately 3000 BC. Their cultivation began in the Mediterranean basin and subsequently spread to India and Ethiopia.

Garbanzos were grown by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans and were very popular among these cultures. During the 16th century, garbanzo beans were brought to other subtropical regions of the world by both Spanish and Portuguese explorers as well as Indians who emigrated to other countries. Today, the main commercial producers of garbanzos are India, Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia and Mexico.

Health Benefits
Garbanzos (also called Chick Peas) are a good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber, as are most other beans. In addition to lowering cholesterol, garbanzos' high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

Calcium 80.4mg8%
Iron 4.7mg26%
Magnesium 78.7mg20%
Phosphorus 276mg28%
Potassium 477mg14%
Sodium 11.5mg0%
Zinc 2.5mg17%
Copper 0.6mg29%
Manganese 1.7mg84%
Selenium 6.1mcg9%
Vitamin A 44.3IU1%
Vitamin C 2.1mg4%
Vitamin D~ ~
Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)0.6mg3%
Vitamin K 6.6mcg8%
Thiamin 0.2mg13%
Riboflavin 0.1mg6%
Niacin 0.9mg4%
Vitamin B6 0.2mg11%
Folate 282mcg71%
Vitamin B12 0.0mcg0%

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