Washington chickpea growers seeing bean bonanza
Since the year 2000, chickpea acreage in Washington has increased from 10,000 acres to nearly 80,000 acres. About 13 years ago, more than 90 percent of U.S. chickpeas were exported. Now, that is closer to 50 percent. Most of the rest is made into hummus, a smooth paste eaten as a dip or a sandwich spread.