Our growing love of chickpeas, especially in hummus, is a boon for farmers in Eastern Washington! Chickpeas and other pulses like lentils, dry green and yellow peas, and dry beans are perfect crops in fields that would otherwise lie fallow, because they pull nitrogen from their surroundings and return it to the soil in a form that’s accessible for the next wheat crop. Read more.
Allen Druffel, a fifth-generation farmer near Uniontown, Washington, examines the roots of one of his chickpea plants on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)