International Hummus Day was started by Ben Lang four years ago as a way of celebrating the lives of people in Isreal and the Middle East through one type of food, hummus, a dish known all over the middle East and noth Africa as a popular stread and dip.
Fun Hummus Facts;
oh yes hummus is thought to be an aphrodisiac due to the amino acid arginine that is packed into all those chick peas it contains. These help to increase blood circulation.
Yes there really were fights over this tasty dip and Isreal and the Lebanon argued constantly over the origin of it. Eventually in 2010 they decided to sort this out with a competition to make the biggest serving of hummus in the world. This was won by the Lebanon with a massive 22,000lb dish of the stuff.
Yes Lady Gaga is said to be gaga about the stuff and always must have it available when she is on tour.
Chick peas help to guard the body cells from damage that can cause cancer.
It helps to improve bone density.
Good for blood health.
Helps you lose weight due to high levels of protein which fills you up for longer.
Balances blood sugar levels.
Gives you energy.
Hummus Capital Of Europe
The UK is the European capital for hummus. In 1980s Waitrose was the first supermarket to stock this dip/spread. Since then we in the UK buy approximately 12,000 tonnes of hummus each year. That is only the amount purchased, many people make their own as it tastes so much better and is of course better for you.
Simple Hummus Recipe
2 x 400g cans of cooked chickpeas drained (reserve the liquid)
4 tbsp tahini paste
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp sea salt
juice of 1 lemon
paprika and fresh coriander leaves optional extra
Whizz up the chickpeas with garlic and tahini and salt in food processor and drizzle in the oil and lemon juice.
Add some of the liquid from cans if you want a more liquid consistancy
scatter a few whole chickpeas on top and some paprica and torn coriander leaves
Serve with pitta bread and fresh veggies like carrot sticks and celery stalks.