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Sunday, 23 March 2014


The chickpea was regarded by the Romans as a food for peasants and poor people. At festivals chickpeas were frequently thrown over the heads of people and were caught with much hilarity.

In ancient Gaul chickpeas was a common ingredient in vegetable soup.

In 1282 the Sicilian Vespers started a rebellion against the rule of Charles I of Anjou and all identifiable Frenchmen were massacred. The unfortunate French were betrayed by their inability to pronounce  the local word “ceci” meaning chickpeas.

India is the world’s largest producer of chickpeas followed by Pakistan.

Source Food For Thought by Ed Pearce

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