Garbanzo, Black Sicilian (Organic)
Cicer arietinum. Black.
Garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas or ceci in Italian. This Sicilian variation, ceci neri, is similar to the more common Black Kaboulli garbanzo. Germinates easily in cool soil. Large, bushy plants produce well and are ready to harvest before the rains in autumn. Flavor is similar to the tan types but a bit nuttier and can be used in any recipe that calls for garbanzo beans. Black chickpeas are common in India where they are made into salad or channa masala; in Italy they are cooked with pasta or made into creamy soups. We would like to thank Lane Selman of the Culinary Breeding Network for bringing this one back from Italy and sharing it with us. Now we can share it with you.