May 19, 2012 • Category: Mezze/Appetizers
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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I don’t think I have ever eaten fresh chickpeas before. I wish I could have a taste!
Nice jingle 🙂
On May 19, 2012 at 8:31 am
Belinda @zomppa says:
So cool! I have never eaten off the branches either!
On May 19, 2012 at 10:37 am
Mark Wisecarver says:
Awesome, as always I love these “side of the road” type posts.
This is my favorite foodie blog by the way. 🙂
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.
On May 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm
@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)
On May 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm
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.
On May 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm
I would love to try these, I never knew you could eat chickpeas fresh! Can you make hummus from them?
On May 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm
@Sue: No you would need to toast and cook it first.
On May 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm
Joan Nova says:
Great photos – didn’t know you could eat uncooked chickpeas.
On May 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm
I don’t think I have ever seen fresh chickpeas…..I would love to try them!
On May 20, 2012 at 7:13 am
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.
On May 20, 2012 at 10:23 am
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.
On May 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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 🙂 Devaki @ weavethousandflavors
On May 20, 2012 at 6:08 pm
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.
On May 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm
Yasmeen @ Wandering says:
So lovely – something we so rarely get to see in the West!
On May 22, 2012 at 11:44 pm
Nuts about food says:
Never saw a fresh chickpea either… you are always giving us so much interesting information.
On May 31, 2012 at 4:42 am