Two summers ago, when we started this one-block diet, I dreamed of growing something I'd had from a street vendor in Turkey: fresh chickpeas. He sold them off the back of a little wagon, a huge bundle festooned with pods. I sat and popped them open, one by one, gobbling the sweet, almost peanut-like morsels inside.So we tried. Dismal failure.And then this summer, we tried again. Success! Why? Because this time, we planted them in spring, before scorching weather set in.
If you're curious and would like to try these little nuggets, look for them at Mexican and Indian markets starting in early summer. Or grow them yourself! As long as you plant them early, they're really not so hard to get going.