Beans or Peas? Can't Be Both! Can They??
March 25, 2016 12:38pm CST
My friend wasn't feeling well and sent her husband to do the grocery shopping. She made out the list. She thought her language was plain. On the list she had written “butter”. Her husband brought home butter! She exclaims: “You know we never eat butter! You know what kind of margarine I always buy!!” He's like scratching his head and confused: “The list said 'butter'.” She laughed when she was telling me the story. She remarked: “Men are so obedient.” That's my lead in for another story. My husband sent my son to the store with a list. When my son got back he was sooooo frustrated! It seems he had gone everywhere looking for an item on the list, only to discover that the item had a different name. He comes back and home all flustered and says: “Dad! Why didn't you tell me garbanzo beans and chick peas are the same??” So later my husband asks me (as if I would know!) … “Who was it that changed the name from garbanzo beans to chick peas anyway??!!” So I Googled it and found an answer; and also learned that these legumes are called Bengal grams and Egyptian peas. But as to who dun it? I'm clueless. A grocery list can be such an educational tool.
14 people like this
• Austin, Texas
26 Mar 16
Please don't tell me she sent you back to the store. Because that's what my husband does to me! The people who work at the stores may not know my name but they know me! I've been to customer service returning items on several occasions.
• Austin, Texas
26 Mar 16
Different cultures have different names for the same food. It's all good! I remember the first time I tasted chick peas. They were on a salad. For a long time I thought that was the only way to eat them. Then I came across a food sample in a store and they had them in soup. That opened a window in my mind. I started thinking of recipes ideas. The most amazing discovery was when I found out that hummus was made of chick peas. As Chef Emeril would say "Oh yeah baby!"
• United States
25 Mar 16
I do shopping for many of my clients. When I tell them about a dish that I would like to prepare for them we go over the shopping list. Sometimes they have other people do the shopping and often get confused when trying to find what is on the list. They have never heard of some of the items.
• Midland, Michigan
3 Apr 16
I new about the two names, but never gave it much thought. I guess it could prove to be questionable to someone that either never bought it before, or saw the cans. I think each manufacturer decides on which to call it. Even the chick peas should be found in the bean section I'd think.