Hummus is a healthy alternative to other snacks and dips. Hummus is a Mediterranean dip made from chickpeas and other ingredients that has become very popular in the US over the past few years. In the 21 months leading up to 2010, hummus consumption grew by around 35%, amounting to almost $300 million in sales. If you have not had hummus before, it could be worth trying it and seeing why it has become so popular.
Hummus has been around since at least the 13th century, when a recipe for it was created in Egypt. Right now, it is more common in the food of countries like Lebanon. A lobby organization for some of Lebanon’s bigger producers actually petitioned the European Commission to give hummus protected status as a uniquely Lebanese food. Hummus first started to become popular in the US during the 196 Read More
Hummus is a popular spread for dieters and those just looking to snack. Since hummus contains only around 25 calories per tablespoon, hummus recipes are popular among many dieters. Many hummus recipes feature the spread as an alternative to high fat and high calorie mayonnaise on sandwiches. The chickpeas in hummus dips are a good source of protein and dietary fiber, and the tahini is an excellent source of amino acids.
There are hummus recipes that date back to the thirteenth century in Egypt that are similar to the formulas used today. Hummus first made its way to American super markets in the 60s and 70s, but was only labeled and sold in health food stores. Slowly the dip has expanded and added more flavors and become a mainstream food. There are now several small and nationally known hummus brands available to consumers.
Hummus make a great dip for pita, crackers and veggies. A great party spread may include several flavors of hummus, spicy fresh guacamole and classic mild salsa. Served with tortilla chips and cut up vegetables, this spread would be welcome at any picnic or as an appetizer at a pot luck function.