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National Chickpea Day – April 21, 2023

National Chickpea Day is observed every April 21 in the United States. The purpose of this day is to celebrate this amazing legume: the chickpea. Did you know that chickpeas can be eaten in the morning, the afternoon, and at night? You can eat chickpeas whenever you want! A key ingredient in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines is chickpea. It is used in hummus and falafel, two typical chickpea dishes. It is also important in Indian cuisine, as it is used in salads, soups, stews, and curries, with chana masala being one of the most popular ones.

History of National Chickpea Day

Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated legumes in history. Chickpeas were found in the Middle East roughly 7,500 years ago. These chickpeas were found in the aceramic levels of Jericho and Çayönü, meaning that humans had been cultivating chickpeas since before they could produce pottery! Other samples of chickpeas have been found in Neolithic pottery in Hacilar, Turkey. They also appeared throughout history in Greece, France, and other areas of Europe.

They were also present in literature around 800 A.D. with Charlemagne’s “Capitulare de villis”. In this text, Charlemagne describes how chickpeas were grown in each imperial demesne. Albert Magnus also mentions chickpeas in three different colors. In 1793, chickpeas were also mentioned by a German writer. Germany later used this knowledge to grow chickpeas during World War I.

The word ‘chickpea’ comes from the French ‘chiche’ and the Latin ‘cicer.’ The word ‘chickpea’ was first found in English print in 1338, which was later cited by mid-18th century dictionaries. In 1548, the Oxford English Dictionary noted, “Cicer may be named in English Cich, or ciche pease, after the Frenche [sic] tongue.” ‘Garbanzo,’ the Spanish term for chickpea, comes from a compound of ‘garau,’ meaning ‘seed,’ and ‘antzu,’ meaning ‘dry.’

National Chickpea Day timeline

1338
Chickpea Appears in English Print

The word ‘chickpea’ is first found in English print and is later cited by mid-18th century dictionaries.

1548
Chickpea is Included in the Oxford Dictionary

The definition “Cicer may be named in English Cich, or ciche pease, after the Frenche [sic] tongue” is included in the dictionary.

1793
Chickpea is Mentioned By a German Writer

This knowledge is later used in Germany to grow chickpeas during World War I.

2019
Chickpea Day is Created

This day is created by Hippeas.

National Chickpea Day FAQs

How many chickpeas can I eat in a day?

Up to a quarter cup of chickpeas daily is allowed if you have digestive issues.

How are chickpeas sold?

Chickpeas can be bought dried or canned, and they can be found in grocery stores, organic food stores, and bulk food stores.

What is the family name of chickpeas?

The family name of chickpeas is ‘legume.’

National Chickpea Day Activities

  1. Cook a delicious dish using chickpeas

    Chickpeas can be used to prepare breakfast, lunch, and even dessert! Look up a recipe online and start creating.

  2. Go to an Indian restaurant

    Chickpeas are widely used in Indian dishes. You can celebrate this day by eating outside with your friends and trying different Indian dishes with chickpeas.

  3. Try different types of legumes

    Chickpeas are a legume, but they are not the only ones. You can take this opportunity to try different types of legumes.

5 Benefits Of Eating Chickpeas

  1. They offer a variety of nutrients

    They are a rich source of vitamins, such as the B vitamin folate, and manganese.

  2. They keep you feeling full

    The protein and fiber in chickpeas can keep your appetite under control.

  3. They are high in protein

    Chickpeas are high in protein, so they make an excellent replacement for meat in many vegetarian and vegan dishes.

  4. They help you manage your weight

    Due to their filling effects, chickpeas may aid weight management.

  5. They support blood sugar regulation

    Chickpeas help manage your blood sugar levels in multiple ways.

Why We Love National Chickpea Day

  1. Chickpeas are cheap

    Chickpeas are inexpensive and available in almost every grocery store. You can also find chickpeas at the supermarket.

  2. Chickpeas are good for your health

    Chickpeas help reduce your risk of several chronic illnesses, like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases. We love this about them!

  3. Chickpeas can be eaten in almost every dish

    As mentioned before, chickpeas can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert. Do not miss trying this amazing legume in its various forms.

National Chickpea Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 21Friday
2024April 21Sunday
2025April 21Monday
2026April 21Tuesday
2027April 21Wednesday

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