Hummus (also spelled hamos, houmous, hommos, hommus, hummos, hummous or humus; see romanization of Arabic) is a dip or spread made from cooked, mashed chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Hummus is a popular food in various local forms throughout the Middle Eastern world.——WIKIPEDIA
Not only does Hummus taste good, but it has many properties within the garbanzo bean that has stood steadfast since the beginning of time. Over 3000 years hummus has been one of the main food sources for many of the Eastern Civilizations. Every country in the region has their secret ingredients that have been passed down though history and as secretive as a guarded family heirloom. The Arabs have their version, the Syrians have their version and of course the Jewish Israelis have their version—- which is to die for. We have all heard of the opium wars, the wars for tea and it wouldn´t surprise me much if the next war will be entitled: “THE HUMMUS WARS”. You have to admit it has a catchy phrase and would be a great relief for the field journalists that are nearly bored to death over the last volley of crazy wars in the region.
As far as nutrition goes Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C. The chickpeas make it a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Depending on the recipe hummus carries varying amounts of monounsaturated fat. Hummus is useful in vegetarian and vegan diets and like other combinations of grains and pulses, when eaten with bread it provides essential amino acids. In the United States, the government is trying to introduce healthier food in school cafeterias to slow obesity rates; along with whole-grain pizzas and baked chicken nuggets, the new offerings include hummus.—–wikipedia
“I wouldn’t give up the fancy restaurants, but Hummus is a comfort food which I am happy to eat all year round, at any time of year. The Hummus bar is an Israeli institution and is an important stop, along with the Kotel and Masada for any overseas visitor.” —–Gilly