This delicious, versatile bean can be enjoyed as a fresh shelling, dry, or sprouting bean. Garbanzo is a nutrient dense, fiber rich heirloom, popular in Indian, Middle Eastern, and vegan cuisine. While Garbanzo is a cool season crop, it does not do well in extreme northern climates.
- 40 seeds minimum
- Germination: 10-14 days
- Maturity: 90-100 days
- Direct sow 1 ½-2” deep in full sun on or just before last frost date or start indoors 6-8 weeks prior to last frost. Sow in peat or paper pots indoors and transplant beans in their pots. Compost well.
- Space plants 3-6” apart; space row 2-3’ apart.
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I had never grown any kind of dry bean before. My zone is 5a and usually have a great growing season. This past summer, we had a lot of rain, maybe too much for these beans, as they seemed to lose their vigor too soon. I didn't plant many of the seeds, because I wanted to do a trial. Consequently, I ended up with a small portion of beans which were quite good - I love garbanzo beans in my salads. I plan on growing these again, and will make sure they are partially sheltered if we get too much rain.