[Sca-cooks] Haba/Garbanzos

Terry Decker t.d.decker at worldnet.att.net
Thu Mar 6 14:10:10 PST 2008

> the crux appears to be in defining the word "chickpea" in the definition 
> of
> garbanzo.  Whose chickpea definition is the valid one in determing what 
> the
> food item actually was.  Bristish/Eupopean dialect appears to consider a
> "Chickpea" something of what we call in US a "cow pea" or "black eyed 
> pea".
> that is where the hitch is in the giddy-up here.  Defining terms and
> matching the word to the legume/bean/pea/little starchy thing in soups and
> salads.
> niccolo difrancesco

The OED definitively ties chickpea to Cicer and cow pea to Vigna, so I don't 
think there is any British/European dialect issue involved as most English 
speakers learn either Standard American English or Standard British English. 
Confusion of the two in English is most likely individual error.


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