This blog post was written by Illinois State University graduate student and dietetic intern, Kayla Kaspari.
Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are a part of the legume family and are grown similarly to soybeans or peas. These plants produce edible seeds, called pulses, that have high nutritional value. They are a cousin of black beans, lima beans, kidney beans, and peanuts. You may know chickpeas better for their presence as the main ingredient in hummus. They have a mild nutty flavor and a firm texture that when ground makes a creamy and delicious dip.