Chickpeas have been cultivated for centuries in Asia and the Mediterranean. The plant is very attractive with ferny silver leaves, very productive and very easy to grow. The pods can be eaten young just like green peas or small French beans. When the pods are left to mature in a sunny position, they will develop into the larger chickpeas we are used to. The chickpea will resemble a small grain with green tones. It cooks very quickly , tripling its volume. Tastewise, -it has a mild taste, slightly sweet, and a very thin skin. Great for cooking or sprouting.
Scientific Name: Cicer arietinum
Plant Life Cycle: annual
Optimal Germination Temperature: 15-25 °C
Germination time in days: 7-15 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 90-100 days
Sunlight: Full sun
Soil requirement: well drained
Sowing and cultivation: Sow seeds indoor in Mid March- April. Sow a single seed 40mm deep into a pot filled with compost. Water well and place on a sunny windowsill, at 15-25°C. Seedlings will be ready to plant out passed 21 days. Space plants by 15 cm. Chickpeas can also be sown directly from late April. If planting in rows, allow 45cm between rows.Harvest when the peas looks big enough to eat.