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Apr 23, 2014 09:53 PM

Green garbanzos in greater Vancouver?

I had them brined with onion as a garnish beside salt cod fritters at a restaurant in San Francisco (see pix) and now I must have more. Anyone know where to either buy them to prepare at home, or to get them made for me in a dining out sort of place? TIA

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  1. In various years, green garbanzos have been available at Urban Farm Market in Richmond: Westminster Hwy at No. 5 Road, south-west corner.

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    1. re: KarenDW

      I knew you'd have the answer, Karen, many thanks. That happens to be v. close to where the SO works, so I may ask him to check it out, though he is not much of a shopper :-).

      1. re: grayelf

        awww. <blush>
        I just can't remember when the season is, in our neck of the woods. Maybe July? Seems a bit too early yet...

    2. I'd like to locate some too, so would be interested to hear if Urban Farm Market has any. They're common in India ("hara chana") but the season is usually short. I've been thinking of checking out the Indian groceries but just haven't got around to it yet.

      1. Probably not what you're looking for, but I saw frozen ones at Costco downtown yesterday.

        1. or you could grow your own...
          Plant every couple of weeks between "now" and end of May-ish? And then again in end of August, for late fall harvest. Although I'm not entirely sure of the maturity time.

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          1. re: KarenDW

            I am contemplating a Costco run with a friend either this w'end or next and will check out the frozen option for sure, so thanks for that.

            One day we will have a wee veggie garden area out back but alas not this year. Soil is horrendous and we are ameliorating till we get the deck rebuilt. I do agree the season would be much later here than in the Bay Area for obvious climatic reasons so will not get the SO to check for a while yet.

          2. A local company named Dovre Imports sells them in a frozen bulk format with retail packs coming soon. You might be able to call them to see who they`re selling the bulk packs to in order to find a retailer who is packing their own.

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            1. re: thatwhileifound

              Picked up two packs of frozen at Costco downtown on Sunday thanks to island girl's faboo tip (never would have thought to look otherwise). We boiled up a cup and a half to have with leftover Shanghainese food tonight. They come out like a cross between a green pea and a
              "regular" chickpea, really quite delightful. Wishing I'd bought more now...

              1. re: grayelf

                Was the brand Fresh Nature Foods?

                If so and you're up to something a little more already prepared, see if they have their green garbanzo veggie cakes next time you're in there. I tried them at a show a couple weeks ago and they were surprisingly delicious. I'm really looking forward to when they're more readily available in more retail-friendly formats.