Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fresh Garbanzo Beans

Look what I found at the market this weekend - fresh garbanzo beans. This is not your ordinary canned or dried garbanzo beans. This is fresh, still in its pod and each pod daintily nestles one or two beans each.

They can be eaten raw and has a grassy sweet flavor but I prefer then lightly steamed. I steamed some in the pod for about 3 minutes and treated them like edamame beans by tossing it with seasoned salt. It's a bit laborious to eat but worse every effort.

Half pound of pods yielded 1 cup of shucked beans. The shucked beans can be lightly steamed as well, about 3 minutes and tossed into salads or a bowl of brown rice.

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