The Benefits of Chickpeas

PepsiCo’s Global Health and Agriculture Policy team recently worked with professors at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to organize a meeting on Chickpea Plant and Nutrition Science in Tel Aviv, Israel. The conference brought together experts in health, agriculture, and food engineering to offer insights into the cultivation, nutritional benefits and food processing characteristics of chickpea. We were pleased to be joined by representatives from the Strauss Group, a leading Israeli food company and our partners in a joint venture under the Sabra brand, Ethiopian agriculture experts, Israeli technicians, and an expert from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). The Middle East seemed a natural location to hold the meeting because its history of crop domestication and intersecting trade routes corresponds with a natural biodiversity of species. In fact, we were delighted to find wild populations of chickpea, barley, and wheat... Read more