Chickpeas are a pulse crop, which is a legume plant that has dry, edible seeds in pods. Pulses come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours. Chickpeas are also known as ‘garbanzo beans’.
Pulses are legume plants that have dry, edible seeds that are grown in pods.
The top countries for growing chickpeas are India, Canada, Pakistan, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Mexico. Saskatchewan grows over 75% of the chickpeas grown in Canada.
Canada is one of the top chickpea growers.
There are two types of chickpeas grown in Saskatchewan: Kabuli and Desi. Kabuli seeds are large, round, and cream to white in colour. They are typically sold whole, and they make up about 15% of the world’s chickpea production. Desi seed are a bit smaller than Kabuli, with the seed colour varying from green to purple, brown, or black. The Desi plants are shorter and more resistant to disease, frost, and insect damage than the Kabuli plant.
Lentils, chickpeas, peas, and beans are all pulse crops grown in Canada.