About Garbanzo Beans:
Garbanzo beans have many different names ranging from chickpeas, gram, Egyptian pea, cow-peas to ceci or cece bean. On the farm we like to call them garbs. The two most common of those names being garbanzo beans or chickpeas. The name given to the garbanzo bean typically depends on the geographic region that you or the garbanzo bean come from.
Remnants of garbanzo beans being cultivated have been found from Jericho to Turkey to Greece as far back as 3500 BC. The Mader family has been growing Palouse Brand garbanzo beans for over a decade. Our garbanzo beans are generally planted in April and harvested in September. With every bag of garbanzo beans, you get a lot code. Enter that lot code on our trace-ability page and we will show you what field those garbanzo beans were grown in, what dates they were seeded and harvested as well as pictures of that crop growing, being harvested and introduce you to the farmer who helped grow the garbanzo beans just for you. That way you know you are always getting the freshest commodity available and where you food came from!
Garbanzo beans are naturally gluten free and we work hard to keep them that way. Although our garbanzo beans are processed in the same facility as wheat we have strict clean down processes and get our garbanzo beans allergy tested to make sure they remain gluten free. Check out the FDA's website for more information about gluten free. We triple clean our garbanzo beans and do not irradiate them, so they can be sprouted to make sprouted hummus or a sprouted salad.
How to Cook Garbanzo Beans:
Garbanzo beans make extraordinary, creamy hummus, falafel, soups, roasted garbanzo beans, pasta dishes and are perfect for salads. From our experience dried garbanzo beans taste better than canned garbanzo beans. They may have more of a pleasing texture and can be lower in sodium or sodium free. Do not cook your garbanzo beans with salt, it will prevent them from softening. For great garbanzo bean recipes check out our recipes page.
These powerful beans more than double in size when cooked! Soak 1 cup of beans overnight in 4 cups of water and then boil for an hour. Looking to shorten your soak time? Try bringing the dried beans to a boil and letting them sit for an hour or so. Then bring to a boil until cooked all the way through. When your beans are cooked it is important to rinse them under cold water to prevent carry over cooking and your garbanzo beans from turning to mush.
Forgot to soak your garbanzo beans? Simply add the garbanzo beans, the amount of water listed on the package with ¼ teaspoon of baking soda (to help soften the beans) and cook on low in a crock pot or slow cooker for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 4 hours. Another great way to cook garbanzo beans is to use a pressure cooker.
Since cooking garbanzo beans can be time intensive we recommend cooking large batches at once and freezing what you don’t use. Garbanzo beans freeze very well and freezing your dried garbanzo beans makes them as convenient as canned! They can be stored in the freezer using plastic containers or durable freezer bags once they are cooked. If you don’t want your beans to stick together, once cooled spread them out on a sheet pan and freeze them individually before placing them in the freezer storage container of your choice. They can be frozen for up to six months. To defrost frozen garbanzo beans, place them in the fridge overnight or by using the defrost setting on your microwave. If you are looking for an easy way to make homemade hummus check out our hummus kits!
Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas) Nutrition & Benefits:
According to World's Healthiest Foods garbanzo beans may have many healthy benefits. Ranging from digestive tract support, antioxidants, decreased cardiovascular risks, better regulation of blood sugar and increased satiety.Garbanzo beans (chickpeas); belong to the legume family which includes lentils and black beans. Legumes are generally regarded as a fantastic source of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates. One cup of cooked chickpeas provides 15 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber as well as 26% of your daily intake of iron (based off a 2000 calorie diet).
“Low in saturated fat and very low in cholesterol and sodium, garbanzo beans contain high amounts of folate ... and manganese ..., which may make the amounts of the other nutrients look a little ineffective. But they're not! You get 29 percent each of the protein and copper you need, 28 percent of the phosphorus, 26 percent of the iron, and 20 percent of the magnesium. The fiber, thiamin, zinc and vitamin B6 are in healthy supply as well. It's a perfect combination and one way to work toward optimum health....
One of the most intriguing reports regarding garbanzo bean consumption was that people seemed to have less need to snack on other things on days when they'd included these in their diet. Part of it is the fiber. Two cups of garbanzos supply the daily requirement, and lower your LDL cholesterol and triglycerides – fats/ lipids in your blood that can increase your heart disease risk – and help regulate blood sugar levels.”²
What is Trace-ability?
Each bag of food comes with a special lot code that allows you to see the dates we planted and harvested your food, pictures of the growing crop and more. All of our products are certified Kosher Parve, Non-GMO Project Verified and our farming methods are Certified Sustainable by the Food Alliance. Our foods are different because Steve & Kevin Mader plant, harvest, clean and package at our own facilities in Washington State - there are few if any companies that can track your food and the details of your food back to the field, like we do.
What makes Palouse Brand Products Special?
The Mader family grows, cleans, packages and ships all of our products direct from us to you. Our cleaning plant was designed for quality not quantity and has cleaned legumes and grains for the international market and domestic consumption. Our garbanzo beans are appealing to our consumers because of their nutrition, aesthetics and trace-ability to our farm fields. We care for our crops from beginning to end and care for our customers. We practice the most sustainable environmentally friendly farming practices available. We are happy to answer any questions you may have - that is why we are here to promote farm to table at it’s finest and to allow you to really know how your food is produced.
¹ Mateljan, George. "Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas)." Garbanzo Beans (chickpeas). The World's Healthiest Foods, 17 June 2016. Web. 17 June 2016.
² Facts, Food. "What Are Garbanzo Beans Good For? - Mercola.com."Mercola.com. Food Facts, 17 June 2016. Web. 17 June 2016.