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Chick Peas in a honey sauce, a Guatemalan dessert.

A Chickpea is a yellow edible vegetable which can be used for cooking. The peas can be bought canned or dried. It is also one of the earliest vegetables to be grown. The first chickpea was grown in the Middle East about 7,500 years ago. The most popular place for chickpeas to grow is in India. In 2008, nearly 6 million tonnes of chickpeas were produced there. Because the growth is so popular there, it is also known as the Indian pea. Chickpeas contain a great deal of protein, zinc and folic acid.

A popular dish made from chickpeas is hummus.

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