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7 things you should know about chickpeas.

1 THE humble chickpea might look small but it's packed with protein, iron and vitamin E.

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.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 16, 2014
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