Garbanzo beans, which may also be called Chickpeas, are a delicious member of the legume family. Instead of having the flat oval shape of most beans, garbanzo bean are a pale cream and mostly round in shape.
Chickpeas, which are high in protein, have been popular in the Middle East, North Africa, India and Mediterranean countries, and are growing in popularity in North America. In Indian cuisine, dried chickpeasare often ground into a flour called gram flour (also known as besan).
Chickpeas are a practical food to keep in storage as they are a versatile source of protein. The beans are available year-round in dried form and can be stored, in an airtight container, almost indefinitely. Once cooked, chickpeas can be stored covered in the refrigerator for several days.
Chickpeas are practically a staple in Middle Eastern cooking. They are the basis for foods like hummus, and falafel.
While it is quick and easy to use canned chickpeas, you can use dried chickpeas when you have the time to cook them. It is more economical, and the extra beans can be frozen to be used at a later time.
In 1942 a group of like-minded people gathered on a farm in Western New York and founded the Shiloh Community. Their common goal was to live and work together in health and harmony. To help support themselves and sustain their lifestyle they created a bakery and became known for their hearty, healthy all-natural products. Organic certification had not yet been invented. This was the beginning of SHILOH FARMS.