Garbanzo, Pico Pardal (Organic)

Cicer arietinum. Tan.

This chickpea is from León, an autonomous community in north- western Spain, where chickpeas have been a staple food since Roman times. Pico Pardal is small seeded with a pronounced beak. It is aptly named; Pico Pardal translates as “Sparrow Beak.” Creamy consistency, thin skin, cooks up fast and bakes well. If given plenty of space, the bushes can become quite large and produce many small (2-bean) pods. Pico Pardal Garbanzo was recently the subject of a lawsuit in its home region. A food packer trademarked the name in 1998 and sought to restrict its usage; in 2015 the Promotional Association for Pico Pardal Garbanzo de León won the removal of the trademark because it is a traditional type that is widely grown in the region. ¡Viva las semillas! We sourced this variety from Paco Villalonga Lochridge, a Seed Savers Exchange member in Spain.

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