Fresh chickpeas

May 19, 2012  •  Category:


This is a bunch of fresh chickpeas sold everywhere these days on the side of the road. Street cart vendors used to call on customers with a jingle that went like this:

Um Elaibaneh (Mother elaibaneh)

Khodra w-malieaneh (green and full)

bet salleh al-za3laneh(will cheer up whoever is angry)

btejoueh al-dekkaneh(will mess up the store)

You will find these at Middle-Eastern stores or Latino stores (or try requesting them from your local supermarket since chickpeas are grown in the US); peel and eat as a snack with a glass of your favorite beverage.



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  1. MyLittleExpatKitchen says:

    I don’t think I have ever eaten fresh chickpeas before. I wish I could have a taste!
    Nice jingle ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Belinda @zomppa says:

    So cool! I have never eaten off the branches either!

  3. Mark Wisecarver says:

    Awesome, as always I love these “side of the road” type posts.
    This is my favorite foodie blog by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Any chance of a post on the uses, and or history, of Kefir?
    I definitely attribute my good health in part of my own home-brew each day.

    • Joumana says:

      @Mark: Thanks Mark, a nice word coming from you is highly appreciated! You will see me post on ayran soon! (kefir is not that common here, but a very interesting drink)

  4. Velva says:

    Look at all those beans!!! As much as I eat chickpeas you would have thought that I would have considered how they look growing in the ground…It’s not what I would have imagined. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed it.


  5. Sue says:

    I would love to try these, I never knew you could eat chickpeas fresh! Can you make hummus from them?

  6. Joan Nova says:

    Great photos – didn’t know you could eat uncooked chickpeas.

  7. Angie@Angiesrecipes says:

    I don’t think I have ever seen fresh chickpeas…..I would love to try them!

  8. Alicia (Foodycat) says:

    This is so interesting! I tried to grow chickpeas a few years ago (no success at all) so it is amazing to see them like this.

  9. Susan says:

    So interesting to see them fresh and green! I love eating regular peas fresh out of their pods – I’m sure I would enjoy fresh chickpeas also.

  10. Devaki says:

    I love fresh chickpeas – known as ‘hara channa’. My mum would makes these from a recipe my grand father would use and always make these in an iron pot. Watching mountains of these lovely green jewels sure bring back memories!

    chow ๐Ÿ™‚ Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  11. Louise says:

    How intriguing! I’ve never thought about how chick peas grow, or known that you could eat them fresh. I’d love to try that some day too.

  12. Yasmeen @ Wandering says:

    So lovely – something we so rarely get to see in the West!

  13. Nuts about food says:

    Never saw a fresh chickpea either… you are always giving us so much interesting information.

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