They have attractive grey-green foliage and also the capacity to fix nitrogen. Unlike many crops Chickpeas appear to germinate more readily on roughly cultivated soil.
We are constantly looking for interesting and sought after vegetables to enhance our catalogue selection. Where possible we like to try to grow out the product so we have some idea on whether it is likely to perform OK. This hasn't been the case with Chickpeas (we haven't attempted to grow these so far) but they certainly look like an interesting crop. It appears they are a bit on the tender side but can possibly withstand a very light frost. In hotter climates they are grown for the dried pea-like seeds. These are used for both sprouting and making into hummus. In damper climates Chickpeas can be harvested green, like petit pois (very small green pea.) When harvested green they taste somewhere in between a fresh raw French bean and a garden pea.