August 12, 2011 - 11:24am
(CHICK)PEAS OF MIND
North Park Farmers Market shoppers love hummus! Whether it's the sundried tomato sprouted hummus from Majestic Garlic, Lisko's Curry or Peanut Butter hummus, or Kalamata Olive or Cilantro Jalapeno hummus from Baba Foods, we scoop it up with slices of fresh cucumber from JR Organics and ask for more.
So, what makes hummus, a paste of mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic, so additive and appealing? The answer is the chickpeas! Chickpeas, like other legumes, are full of Tryptophan, an amino acid which lifts your mood and create a calming effect. In fact, chickpeas were originally cultivated for their mood lifting properties. So, next time you're at the North Park Farmers Market, pick up a tub of humus or a handful of Suzie's Farm's fresh chickpeas, munch away and you're sure to have a great day!