Look what Sophie and I found at our produce market the other day.
What do you think they are? We would not have known if there had not been a sign.
They're not only cute, they're fun!
The shell is crisp, sort of fuzzy, and filled with air in addition to the surprise inside. Give up?
Fresh garbanzo beans! Before they shell them, dry them out, rehydrate them, and imprison them in a can. Who knew??
I thought they would be good gently steamed, but Sophie and I discovered while waiting in line that they are wonderful raw and taste kind of like a very fresh raw pea. And cracking open their little shells to pop out and eat a bean is about as addictive as pistachios.
I enjoyed a little bowl of them on my desk yesterday, but they also made a nice addition to my cold rice noodles.
If you ever see some, grab yourself a bag! Or come sit at my kitchen table where I'll give you a bowl of some and a glass of iced tea.