adventures in chickpealand…

29 May

Things will be winding down a bit soon, and I have lots of yumminess to post. Soon, I promise.

Until then, we have a chickpea adventure that is slowly unfolding. Let me tell you a little story…

Once upon a time, two dried chickpeas were bored. They sat around in a mason jar with all of the other dried chickpeas and nothing happened. Then, one day, a man brought the jar out onto the counter. Something exciting was going to happen! What they didn’t realize was that this was no ordinary man, it was the Hummus Man! Then, they saw the pressure cooker. “Oh no!” they thought. “We have to do something or we’ll become dinner!”

So the two chickpeas schemed their way out of the colander and dropped down into the bottom of the dishwasher, which was slightly ajar. It was dark and a little damp. They didn’t know what to do, so they decided to lay low for a couple of days.

And then, they sprouted.

The Hummus Man found them 3 days later, little white sprouts about 1 1/2 inches long, and decided to float them in some water and give them some sun. Within hours they were green. By the end of the week, the situation had gotten a bit out of hand.

So the Hummus Man planted them. And it was good.

The chickpea plants spent their days on a high window sill, observing the silly cats who ruled the Hummus Man’s home, enjoying the process of photosynthesis and speculating the origins of the plants outside. But two weeks later, the chickpeas had outgrown their little pots, so the Hummus Man had to replant them.

The Hummus Man was so kind to them, repotting them in pretty new terra cotta pots with three times as much room, giving them water and staring at them adoringly, so they decided to give him a present.

Because no one had taken the time to explain the cycle of life to the chickpeas, they didn’t know what it meant to become deflowered. Oops.

“Oh my!” said the one chickpea plant to the other, “I’m with child!”

“Me, too!” said the other plant!

And so the story continues…

Believe it or not, we’ve gone from dried bean to three-foot-tall plant in 4 weeks. 🙂 Given that neither Jim nor I have ever kept anything which you plant alive before, this is going quite well. Here is some more info on chickpeas and how they grow.

Stay tuned to the chickpea saga! It’s like a foodie soap opera!


8 Responses to “adventures in chickpealand…”

  1. radioactivegan May 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    That is super exciting! I might have to try my own experiment soon 🙂

  2. veganplaisir May 30, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    Wow, that is an incredible story of chickpea creation. Chickpeas are one of those foods I’ve just never given enough thought to where they come from, so I am amazed! Plants… with chickpeas growing on them! Cool.

  3. Josiane May 30, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    Hey, I was thinking of you a couple of days ago! I was glad to see your post appear in my reader this morning!
    And wow, what a post! That’s so awesome! Very exciting indeed. I’m looking forward to the next part of the saga!

  4. Tami (Vegan Appetite) May 30, 2010 at 11:22 am #

    How cool! That flower is really pretty. Can’t wait to hear where this story goes.

  5. cmb0096 May 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm #

    How cool is that?!? Wow.

    Great to see you posting again! Looking forward to more posts 🙂


  6. Caitlin May 30, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Great story, very cute!

  7. Ricki May 31, 2010 at 5:19 am #

    How very cool! The plant is so pretty, too. I have no idea how chickpeas grow. . . looking forward to the rest of the saga! 🙂

  8. DJ Karma (VegSpinz) June 2, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    Who would have thought that chickpea plants would be so cute!

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