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National Chickpea Day

Celebrate National Chickpea Day with delicious, nutritious recipes - from soups and salads to curries and falafel!
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April 21
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It's time to get ready for National Chickpea Day on April 21! This day is a celebration of the beloved little legume and its rich history, which dates back thousands of years. Chickpeas have been used in various cuisines all over the world, from Middle Eastern falafel to Indian curries, and even as an alternative to flour for baking. Whether you're a fan of hummus or simply love snacking on roasted chickpeas, this is one day where you can indulge in your favorite chickpea-related dishes with no guilt. So get ready to celebrate National Chickpea Day by eating some delicious treats!

History of National Chickpea Day

National Chickpea Day Dates

National Chickpea Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>7,500 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Cultivation Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Archaeological findings indicate that chickpeas were being cultivated in the Middle East as early as 7,500 BC.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1st Century AD</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Chickpeas in Ancient Rome</div><div class='timeline-text'>Detailing about the health benefits of chickpeas were included in the pharmacopoeia, De Materia Medica, of ancient Rome.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1692</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Intro to European Cuisine</div><div class='timeline-text'>Chickpeas were introduced in the European cuisine, particularly in Spain and Italy, during the Middle Ages.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Hummus Goes Global</div><div class='timeline-text'>The delicious chickpea spread, Hummus, gained international popularity during this time, becoming a staple in many households.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Alternative Flours</div><div class='timeline-text'>Because of their high protein and fiber content along with being gluten-free, chickpeas became a popular source for alternative flour in the 2010s.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2021</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Chickpea Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The National Day Calendar officially recognized April 21 as National Chickpea Day, a day to celebrate this nutritious legume.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Chickpea Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make your own hummus</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Making hummus is a fun and easy way to celebrate National Chickpea Day. All you need are chickpeas, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, tahini, and some spices. Simply blend all the ingredients together in a food processor or blender and you have your very own homemade hummus!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go out for falafel</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Falafel is a delicious Middle Eastern dish made with chickpeas and spices. Find your local falafel joint and enjoy some delicious chickpea goodness!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try a new chickpea recipe</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are so many delicious recipes out there featuring chickpeas! Try your hand at making a new one for National Chickpea Day. From curries to salads to soups, the possibilities are endless.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a chickpea potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite some friends over and ask everyone to bring a dish featuring chickpeas! You can sample each other’s dishes and share recipes while celebrating National Chickpea Day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about chickpeas</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn more about the history and cultivation of chickpeas by reading books or researching online. You can even visit a local farm to get an up close look at how chickpeas are grown.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Chickpea Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Chickpeas are nutritious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Chickpeas are an incredibly versatile, nutrient-dense legume that can easily be incorporated into a variety of dishes. They provide a great source of plant-based protein, fiber and essential vitamins and minerals like potassium, folate, iron and magnesium.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Chickpeas are easy to prepare</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you're using canned or dried chickpeas, they are quick and easy to prepare. Just soak your dried chickpeas overnight in cold water, then boil until they reach the desired tenderness. For canned chickpeas, just rinse them before adding them to your dish!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Chickpeas are delicious</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From chickpea salads and soups to curries and veggie burgers, there's a wide range of recipes you can make with chickpeas. And if you want something more decadent, why not try roasting them for a satisfying crunchy snack? Whatever way you serve them up, chickpeas are sure to please!</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts for National Chickpea Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickpeas are among the world's oldest cultivated crops</h3><p class='facts-content'>Dating back over 7,000 years, chickpeas are considered one of the first crops ever to be cultivated. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence of chickpea cultivation in the Middle East that dates all the way back to 3000 B.C.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickpeas act as a natural fertilizer</h3><p class='facts-content'>The chickpea plants naturally pull nitrogen from the atmosphere and store it in their root nodules. This helps to improve soil fertility wherever they're grown!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Largest Producer of Chickpeas is India</h3><p class='facts-content'>India is the world's largest producer of chickpeas, followed by Australia, Turkey, and Ethiopia. It's estimated that India grows over 6 million tons of chickpeas every year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickpeas come in several varieties</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are several different types of chickpeas including the most common ones, Kabuli and Desi. Kabuli chickpeas are larger with a light color and smooth coat, while Desi chickpeas are smaller, darker and have a rough coat.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Chickpeas can help manage your weight</h3><p class='facts-content'>Thanks to their high protein and fiber content, chickpeas can help you feel fuller for longer, reducing your overall calorie intake and potentially helping in weight management.</p></div></div>

National Chickpea Day FAQs

When is National Chickpea Day?

National Chickpea Day is celebrated on April 21 every year. In 2024 National Chickpea Day will occur on a Sunday.

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