Cicerchia from Murgia

Posted on Feb 16 2014 by Redazione

cicerchiaThe grass pea is an ancient legume similar to the chickpeas. Cicerchia appears minute, angular and white. The skin is a little thick. Its taste is similar to a bean-pea mix.
The elderly farmers and shepherds of the Murgia love cicerchia and they are used to cook it very often.
It was once present in every kitchen of the farmers. In fact, it was known as the food of the poor. The grass pea is high in protein, fiber and potassium, and does not need a long time to soak (it only takes 12 hours-a night) or for cooking (it only takes about 40 minutes). Don’t use the soaking water to cook it.