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Munk’s Moroccan Cicer arietinum

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Purple flowers, tan-brown seeds, productive.

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The Munk’s Moroccan Cicer arietinum Purple flowers, tan-brown seeds, productive.

Munk’s Moroccan Cicer arietinum

The chickpea or chick pea (Cicer arietinum) is a legume of the family Fabaceae, subfamily Faboideae. It is also known as gram, or Bengal gram, garbanzo or garbanzo bean, and sometimes known as Egyptian pea, ceci, cece or chana, or Kabuli chana (particularly in northern India). Its seeds are high in protein. It is one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East.

The name “chickpea” traces back through the French chiche to cicer, Latin for ‘chickpea’ (from which the Roman cognomenCicero was taken). The Oxford English Dictionary lists a 1548 citation that reads, “Cicer may be named in English Cich, or ciche pease, after the Frenche tongue.” The dictionary cites “Chick-pea” in the mid-18th century; the original word in English taken directly from French was chich, found in print in English in 1388.

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