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July 19, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Garden Green Garbanzo beans: straight from the freezer

Remember last year, when we talked about fresh garbanzo beans after I saw them for sale at PCC? Well, after I wrote that post, I heard from Doug Moser, of Idaho-based Clearwater Country Foods. Doug’s a fourth-generation Palouse farmer and a do-it-yourself marketing man who’s made it his business to make a name for his trademark greenery: flash-frozen Garden Green Garbanzos. (An impressive feat, given what he went through before making his breakthrough. Read all about the long row he hoed here).

I heard from Doug again last week after I wrote about making edamame hummus using shelled frozen soy beans. “Green Garbanzos are being sampled this Sunday July 18th in your local Costco freezer section,” he wrote an an e-mail. “Check them out and please spread the word!” But here’s the kicker: I didn’t see Doug’s e-mail till today. And in an odd coinkydink, I made a speed-run to Costco Sunday where I purchased his garbanzos, whose “Garden Green” label touts the legumes’ health benefits.

Garden Green Garbanzos: so good, and so good for you.

I shelled out $7.29 for a three-pound bag: enough to make enough Garden Green Garbanzo-fied hummus to feed a small army — though there are many other uses for the new product, whose big-time roll-out is now underway. So, what did I think?

Hey, Doug! You don’t have to ask me twice. Garden Green Garbanzos? Available year-round? Word.

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