Black lentils are rich in protein and were named as one of the “6 Surprising Superfoods” due to their levels of iron and fiber. The bean is black when harvested. Once shelled and polished the black “skin” reveals an ivory white colored pea no larger than ½ cm.
Chickpeas are one of the earliest cultivated legumes: 7,500-year-old remains have been found in the Middle East. India grows the most chickpeas in the world. They are consumed in many different ways, including raw, boiled, fried, or ground into a flour.