Every Saturday on my way home, I passed a truck selling big herby-looking green bushes. Today I stopped to see what they were and it turns out they are fresh garbanzo beans.
Here is a picture of the beans. Mine bunch is about three times that size and all green, but it gives you an idea.
They can be eaten raw or steamed from my understanding. Raw they taste like a cross between edame and green peas. They are in a little pod you open which is kind of fun because it pops, like popping bubble wrap if that's your thing.
Here are two recipes for steaming with pictures of the garbanzos removed from the greens.
An old Chowhound post says they are sometimes steamed and sprinkled with fresh chile, lime and salt like Mexican corn. One poster said
"We ate these from street vendors in Mexico where they appeared to have been steamed and tossed with lime and chile. The method was to suck them out of the pod rather like eating an artichoke or edamame and discarding the husk."
Since there are alot of greens to beans I was wondering if the greens were ever eaten. The vendor said no, but then I came across this GREAT blog entry by a vendor who sells at the very upscale SF Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
It it a great read. Those trendy San Franciscans would have nothing to do with the beans, but the Mexicans who bought them on street corners went wild for them.
The value--and the limits--of fantasy in any farming operation (scroll down to paragraph below picture of greens ... not garbanozo greens though)
"Back in his home village outside La Barca, Jalisco, spring garbanzos were much appreciated. Not only did the people look forward to the mouth watering tenderness of the fresh garbanzo beans, they also used the foliage to make a wonderfully refreshing sun tea. "
Anyone know how to do this? Just stick the greens in a jar of water and wait?
Any other fresh garbanzo recipes?