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Cicerchia, also known as India pea, is a legume in the family Fabaceae cultivated for human consumption in Asia, Eastern Africa and in some areas in Europe and elsewhere. Cicerchia has been a food in Italy since the Roman period - Greeks called them lathiros, Romans cicerula - but the legume does not come from either Europe or Africa. Cicerchia comes from the Middle East, where it was used to prepare bread, soups and purées. In Italy, it is especially widespread in Latium, Tuscany, Umbria, Marche, Abruzzo, Molise and Apulia, and forms part of the country's traditional food. As such it has been awarded with the PAT (traditional Italian agricultural food) label. Today it is not so easily found, especially because it contains the ODAP neurotoxin, but it is used is some traditional recipes, and consumed in India and along the African coast.

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