I was intrigued when I read a recipe that required using sprouted garbanzo beans aka chick peas. I thought to myself, if they sprout that easy, can you grow them?
Chick peas require a long growing season to produce more chick peas so I am definitely off to a late start. They are also pretty sensitive to the temperatures. They like cool weather but not too cool and not too hot. Considering New England tends to be a little bit of both, I will consider this a trial run for next year.
How to Sprout Yourself Some Chick Peas:
First, buy a bag of the dried chick peas or garbanzo beans (do not use the ones in a can!)
Place them in a shallow dish and add water about half way up the chick peas. In the beginning, they will absorb water fast so you will probably have to add more towards the end of the day. I also placed the dish in a sunny area.
With in the next day or two, you should see them just beginning to sprout. Note the little tails they are beginning to grow in the picture below:
Keep adding water. Within another day or so, the sprouts become more obvious. These things were cranking to grow!
With in several days to a week, They were already starting to sprout green leaves:
Once the chick peas had the green leaves and a long tail (as seen in the picture below) I planted them in a pot approx. 12″ x 12″ so that the little green leaves were above ground and the rest of the pea/bean was under the soil.
Can’t wait to see how they do!
P.S. If you want to ditch the whole planting part, look up some sprouted garbanzo bean/chick pea recipes and get cooking!