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The Reason Chickpeas Are Also Called Garbanzo Beans
Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are two names for the same legume whose scientific name is Cicer arietinum. The beans originated in Turkey and Syria and spread to cuisines worldwide.
In France, the legumes became known as "pois chiche" (derived from “Cicer” in Latin), which was translated as "chich-pease" in English before evolving into the familiar "chickpea."
The term "Garbanzo" is more commonly used in Spanish-speaking regions. In the U.S., Southern California's Garvanza neighborhood derives its name from them.
The creamy, nutty beans are prized not only for their delicious flavor but also for their nutritional benefits. They are a good source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.