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Bean Garbanzo Fresh

Description & Origin

Garbanzo beans are a legume also known as chickpeas. They are in the same plant family as other beans and peas, but are in their own genus. While garbanzo beans are most commonly found dried or canned, small volumes are harvested fresh, while the seeds are still green, for use as a vegetable. Each thin-walled, soft pod contains 1 to 2 fresh garbanzo beans. The pods are not typically consumed, but ...

Other Names

Green Chickpeas

Health Benefits & Nutrition

Garbanzo beans are a low calorie, high fiber, high protein legume. They are a good source of iron, folate, phosphorus, and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. In traditional medicine, garbanzo beans have been used to treat a wide variety of ailments and are considered useful for lowering cholesterol.

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Foodservice Tips

Traditional Culinary Uses

Fresh green garbanzo beans are used in many traditional Indian and Middle-Eastern dishes; often the same dishes that you would use dried garbanzo beans in. They can be used to bring a fresh, herbaceous flavor to falafel, hummus, curries, samosas, masalas, and more. They can also be used in creative new ways, like seared in the pod and salted for use as a bar snack, like edamame. Quickly blanched, ice cooled, and pureed, green garbanzos make a vibrant green spread. They can be used raw to add crunch to a salad or blanched and used in the same ways an English pea would. Cooking methods include sauteing, steaming, stir-frying, grilling, roasting, or adding to soups and stews.

Flavor Pairings

Carrot, Lemon, Mint, Onion, Chile Pepper, Cilantro, Parsley, Pepper, Coconut, Spinach, Tomato, Garlic, Sesame, Cumin, Curry, Olive Oil, Tahini

How to Prepare

Unless charring in the pod, garbanzo beans should be shelled before use. Shelled garbanzos should be rinsed before use. They can be used raw or added directly to soups, stews, etc.

How to Store in the Kitchen

Fresh garbanzo beans should be kept in a sealed bag in the refrigerator. They can also be blanched and frozen for future use.

Fight Food Waste Tips for root to stem cooking

Garbanzo bean pods are not particularly pleasant to eat, but they can be composted or fed to chickens or other farm animals.

Warehouse Storage & Handling

Maintain these conditions for optimal short-term storage shelf life.*

IDEAL STORAGE TEMP:

32°F

TEMP STORAGE ZONE:

32-39°F (Cold Storage)

SUBJECT TO CHILLING:

No

RELATIVE HUMIDITY:

90-95%

PRODUCES ETHYLENE:

Unknown

SENSITIVE TO ETHYLENE:

Unknown

Quality Assessment

Look for vibrant pods that are plump and fuzzy. They should be free from excessive bruising or browning, broken pods, or discoloration.

Important Handling Notes

Do not compress green garbanzos, which can cause damage to the pod and increase likelihood of decay.

Optimum Shelf Life

Depending on variety, conditions at harvest, and handling, fresh garbanzo beans may last up to 2 weeks.

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