I met a fascinating plant on the farm this week - the black chickpea. I'm accustomed to seeing tan chickpeas in the grocery store, but it turns out that chickpea skins come in the same variety of colors as human skins - light tan through yellow to red, dark brown and black. Maybe it's because I am reading the Hunger Games trilogy (probably shouldn't have admitted that), but these plants sound like something that would be found in the arena - useful and dangerous at the same time. You'll have to see if you agree with me - check it out:
|Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) flower.|
|Green chickpea pods.|
|Chickpea pods and leaves with acid secretion making the plant glisten.|
|Nearly dry chickpea pod.|
|Black Kabuli chickpea.|
So what's the verdict? Would chickpeas make a great Hunger Games plant? Edible but covered in burning acid - perfect!