Chickpea is a member of the leguminous family. Chickpea is a spring seeded, annual legume and is the second highest acreage pulse crop grown in the world. There are two commercial types of Chickpeas – Desi and Kabuli, which are divided according to seed size and geographic origin. The Kabuli types have a large seed and are of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern origin. The Desi types have a smaller seed and are of Indian origin.
Syria is one of the major exporters of Kabuli type Chickpeas.
Nutrition: Chickpeas as well as other legumes are high in fiber. Soluble fiber acts as a scrub brush, cleaning the digestive system. This type of fiber also decreases serum glucose and cholesterol and decreases insulin requirements for people with diabetes.