Large, bushy plants produce well and are ready to harvest before the rains of autumn. Plant at 4-6” in-row spacing with 12” between rows. Lane Selman, founder of the Culinary Breeding Network (CBN), loves a good seed hunt! One of her favorite things to do before embarking on an international trip is ask seed grower friends what they would like her to try to find and bring back for them.
The background story: these beans were found at a seed and herb shop in the Ortigia Market in Siracusa, Sicily and brought them home for Adaptive Seeds. Garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas or ceci in Italian. This Black Sicilian variation, ceci neri, has a flavor that is earthier and more herbaceous than the common tan types. They can be used in any recipe that calls for garbanzo beans, although you will need to cook them longer. In Italy they are often cooked with pasta or added to soups.
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