7 things you should know about chickpeas.
2 TRY blending chickpeas, garlic, olive oil and tahini in a food processor for a great home-made hummus.
3 THEY are also rich in folic acid, which makes them a good choice for pregnant women or those planning to conceive.
4 PEOPLE used to think that if you touched a chickpea plant when there was a new moon if would cure your warts.
5 INDIA is the biggest grower of chickpeas and they are widely used in the country's cuisine.
6 CHICKPEA crops have been grown for more than 7,000 years.
7 THEY are very versatile and can be used in a range of dishes from salads and curries to pasta, dips and soup.