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Did You Know?
All of Canada’s prairie provinces have the right soil and climate to grow pulse products but right here in Saskatchewan, we grow more than 80% of all Canadian grown chickpeas! To give you an idea of how much that really is, in 2020 alone Canada exported 6.78 million tonnes of pulses worth more than $4.5 billion!!!
How they’re grown…
Your chickpeas were seeded in May and harvested in August! Timing is very important when harvesting chickpeas as an over-ripened crop can lead to a decrease in yield while harvesting a crop too young may lead to an increased chance of green seed in the crop which yields a lower grade.
Chickpeas are typically straight cut, meaning they are not swathed before combining. Read more on our blog about some of the challenges in farming and how we at Three Farmers tackle them in a responsible and sustainable manner.
How they’re made….
When it comes to harvesting our chickpeas, prairie farmers are experts in ensuring the timing is just right to get them off the field to get that high yield and quality crop. Once they’re harvested and ready for production, we start out by roasting our chickpeas similar to how you would at home. Except we do it on a much larger scale in our food grade facility in Keeler, SK.
Fried or oil roasted chickpeas can have a chalky texture, so we dry roast our chickpeas; creating air pockets within the chickpea that result in that light airy crunch.
Lastly, we package up our delicious chickpeas and get them ready for distribution at a local Regina based company where their machine is able to pump out a high volume of packages per day. Once they’re all done there our roasted chickpeas are then shipped off and ready for store shelves!
We take pride in providing locally grown products that taste good and are good for you. Thank you for taking the time to trace the journey of your roasted chickpeas from our farms to your table.
FACT: Pulses such as chickpeas have an extremely low water footprint. They grow in dry land agriculture and utilize very little water compared to traditional crops such as wheat.