Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Production in California
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Garbanzo Bean (Chickpea) Production in California


In California, garbanzos are grown primarily as a high-end specialty product for the canning industry. To meet this market demand, canning-quality garbanzo beans must be creamy colored, have a large, uniform seed size, and maintain firmness after canning with no seed splitting or skin peeling. There is also a market for the large seeded, dry-packaged garbanzo beans. California’s Mediterranean climate provides ideal growing conditions for this market segment. This publication covers production from seed selection to harvesting and markets.

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