Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia

Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia

A nice woman has been waving me over, I stopped and sat down with her, she does not speak English. However, a man from another city was trying to translate, it was a nice day. She was doing something with what he called “Chick Peas.”

This is a definite maybe, I am not sure, however reasonably sure they are chickpeas.


Mojo, Ethiopia

One to Two Hours South of Addis, Ababa
East Africa

Friday, March 6, 2009

Travel Journal


She is always smiling, and within just a few minutes of sitting down, she asked with the help of a translator if I was eating the “Chat.” When I went buy on a horse carriage taxi I was holding in my hand a big bundle of Chat, a plant they locals eat to get high. I said,

“No, I was helping the many by holding the Chat.”

I am not sure, I think she looks down or considers people who chew or eat the Chat as being low classed or bad. I am not sure; I think Chat has to be one of the biggest cash crops in Ethiopia.

Ok, somebody needs to give me a yea or nea, is this Chick Peas?

She had them on this platter; I think she was trying to clean. She motioned that they were to eat. I held some up to my mouth saying with hand language, I can eat. I then put in my mouth and she started to laugh, these things are like eating stones, they need cooked or something, they are like stones right now, as they are shown on the platter.

“Chick-Pea, common name for certain related herbs of the legume family, and for their seeds. The herbs have pinnate leaves, solitary axillary stalked flowers, and two-seeded pods inflated like bladders. The common chick-pea, also called garbanzo or gram, is native to western Asia and is cultivated widely. It is an annual, up to 61 cm (24 in) high. Slightly larger than common peas, the seeds are eaten by many peoples in a wide variety of dishes. They are sometimes roasted as a substitute for coffee.

Scientific classification: Chick-peas belong to the subfamily Papilionoideae, family Fabaceae (formerly Leguminosae). The common chick-pea is classified as Cicer arietinum.

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Maybe Chick Peas in Ethiopia


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Thumbs up for chick peas. first they must be soaked in cold water for 8-10 hours, they will still be hard. Then cook slowly for quite a long time. I always cook them in a pressure cooker and that radically reduces the cooking time to about 8 minutes. great as a snack, salad or curry and so on, very healthy too. See if anyone is selling them ready to eat. Enjoy!

Chick peas are also called Garbonzo beans.

What you´ve referred to as Chat is also called Khat, an intoxicant and bush. There are numerous types of Khat, some peppy and others more dulling.

-best -

Chris (from Boquete, Panama)

I'd have to say yea, chick peas it is.

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