In Italy, Ceci (Italian for Chickpeas) are essential to a lot of traditional dishes and are grown across the country. Chickpeas (or Ceci in Italian), also known as Garbanzo beans, are the most popularly consumed bean in the world. They can be cooked in soups, stews and added into pasta, or can also be eaten cold in salads. Some also grind them into a flour to be made into breads and dips.
Chickpeas are extremely versatile. There are many ways they can be cooked and in various parts of the world they are enjoyed in several unique dishes. Here are some examples: