Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, were first discovered in the Middle East approximately in the year 3500 BCE. In modern times, garbanzo beans are grown in the Middle East, as well as in India, Australia, the United States and Ethiopia.
The country that produces the most garbanzo beans is India, followed by Australia. Garbanzo beans have many health benefits, having both a high fiber and high protein content. Nutrients found in garbanzo beans include magnesium, folate, copper, iron and zinc. They are usually found in the canned aisle at the supermarket and can either be eaten whole or crushed, as in hummus.