A white dish with Cigrons Amb Xoriço - Spanish chickpea stew with chorizo.

The Romans loved chickpeas, and planted them wherever they spread their empire. The greatest orator of ancient times, Marcus Tullius Cicero, was named after a chickpea. One myth said this was because his father had a wart the size of a cicer on his nose; another said Marcus Tullius used to fill his mouth with cicers in order to train himself to speak clearly — but more likely it was because his grandparents had been traders in cicers, just as anyone called Fabius had a background in fava beans, and anyone called Lentulus had a. . .

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