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Feb 22, 2012 09:25 AM

Suggestions of where to buy chickpeas

Suggestions of where to buy chickpeas in NW DC or mid or South Arlington? I guess I could go to Lebanese Taverna Market but I'm on my bicycle and have a full schedule, so I would prefer something closer if possible. I've had bad luck with dried chickpeas before but I am determined to figure this out and can pull out my pressure cooker if necessary. I hate all the cans I go through when I make hummus.


P.S. Tips on tahini brands are good too.

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  1. I get them right in my Safeway and they turn out just fine. Be patient with them. If they aren't in the beans and grain aisle, look in the aisle with all of the Goya products.

    1. This reminds me, where can I find tahini (preferably close to Columbia Heights)? Giant (Columbia Hts) hasn't had any that I could find for the last month.

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      1. re: mdpilam

        Yeah, my Giant did not have dried chickpeas, which kind of surprised me.

        1. re: mdpilam

          They probably sell it, but tahini is one of those things that is hard to locate in those huge stores. They certainly sell it at Yes Organic on 14th Street, and Whole Foods on P Street, and Harris Teeter on Florida.

          1. re: hamster

            I have found tahini is store areas where pickles and capers are sold.

          2. re: mdpilam

            Hey mdpilam, if you live around Columbia Heights, check out Adams Express. I waited years to try it and regret that a lot. Surprisingly solid Korean food for under $10. On Mount Pleasant Street.

            1. re: hamster

              I do, thanks; great suggestion, I ate there for dinner. I didn't know they had opened back up yet. Forgot about them on the post about cheap, ethnic eats.

          3. If you are looking for something beyond the standard 1 pound plastic bag of beans that you can pick up just about anywhere - or can't get to a story with a decent bulk dry goods section - you can order heirloom Ceci Toscani imported from Republic of Beans here:


            Other purveyors stock them as well. but this is one option.

            1. I know this doesn't work for your Bike, but H-Mart has FRESH ones still in the Pod if you are up for a treat, albiet with a bit more work.

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              1. re: tommyskitchen

                I love the fresh ones - but I don't really know what to do with them. I have been treating them like fresh Fava beans and that seems to work pretty well, but they are still a new product to me so I am still playing around.

                I'm pretty sure that if i tried to do a hummus with them people would think I'm crazy but it might be someting worth trying for S&G's.

                BTW - they are much easier to work with than fresh fava beans.

                1. re: drewpbalzac

                  Yes, favas have that extra step! You can get them now at H-mart as well, but I won't put the effort into it until the local ones show up in a few months at the Farmers Markets....

                  I have never made Hummus with the Garbonzos - I eat them like Edamame after tossing with some Olive Oil and salt then roasting....

                  1. re: tommyskitchen

                    Do you roast them in the hull?

                    By the way have you ever been able to find fresh edamame at H-mart or any of the other Asian super markets? I am surprised that I have never seen them - and it drives me crazy.

                    1. re: drewpbalzac

                      There is a woman who sells fresh edamame at the Old Town Alexandria farmers market in the summer, when they are in season. On stalks. Fun to buy and prepare although I am not sure the taste is radically different than the frozen ones I buy.

                      1. re: drewpbalzac

                        Yes, I roast them in the hull and pop them out when cooked- much easier than hulling them first!

                        I have never seen fresh edamame there, but I've never really looked - I get them at the Dupont FM as well in the summer...I tried to grow them once, it was a disaster.

                2. My experience is that dried works fine IF you have sufficient time to soak them (like overnight at least). No pressure cooker necessary if you cook them for a while. Far better than canned, which are usually overcooked.