This versatile legume can be gown as a cover crop, as well as for its protein rich beans. Also makes a great hay plant. Fixes nitrogen, 60-80 lbs/acre. Starts slowly in cold soil, so watch for weed competition. Bushy, upright plants are drought tolerant and should be given no water after flowering ceases. If rain during harvest, pull whole plants and dry under cover. Easily threshed and stored. Young leaves, shoots and pods are cooked.
Young leaves, seeds, or pods are potherbs. Young green seeds have a tasty lemon-like flavor, and are fermented into miso and tempeh. Mature seeds are cooked in soups, stews, rice dishes, falafel, hummus, etc. Roasted seeds make a good snack. Roasted seeds or roots are a coffee substitute. Dried flour is used in batters, soups, stews, sauces, fritters, pizza, pancakes, noodles, and dumplings.
Cicer arientinum / W,H/Matures 9/Harvest 8/Yield dry 4-24/Spacing 4"