I don't know why I got so excited about growing chickpeas. It could be because I have a thing for edible plants in general. All I know is that I ordered a Winnifred's Garbanzo from Salt Spring Seed one year and grew it out. I liked the pinnate foliage, the little pea-like flowers and the plumb pods. It was a pain to thresh but not as hard as some of the grains.
Over the years, and through the kindness of seed traders, I have collected a bunch of varieties including Carol Deppe's popping chickpea - one of the best growing ones in my gardens so far.
They come in a fascinating variety of textures, colours and sizes to keep even a bean collector interested. I have been growing them and saving them together in modern landrace style with the exception of the popbean which I mostly grow in isolation. Increasing my seed stock was going well until the drought of 2012 where I had a poor crop and lost a lot. I hope to bring up my numbers again next year.
All about growing, selecting and using edible plants in the Ottawa valley.