Skip to comments.Hummus becomes Middle East battleground
Posted on 05/10/2010 8:33:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono
BEIRUT, Lebanon, - War between Lebanon and Israel is being waged, not with guns or butter, but with tahini, as they vie to create the world's largest hummus dish, observers say.
Lebanon set the record Saturday for the creation of the largest plate of hummus. About 300 Lebanese chefs in a village about 5 miles east of Beirut came up with a dish weighing 11.5 tons. That's 23,042 pounds of a combination of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil, CNN reported.
On the surface the competition is good-natured, but as with everything in the region, there is an underlying seriousness, because food is culture and culture is existence, observers say.
Because the origin of hummus has been a topic of contentious debate between Lebanese and Israeli producers over who actually created the dish and who has rights to the name, Lebanon wants to settle the matter by having the European Union register hummus as its national dish, CNN said.
"What we have been trying to do is just what the Greeks have done with feta cheese," said Fadi Abboud, president of The Association of Lebanese Industrialists.
The Israelis have a different point of view.
"Trying to make a copyright claim over hummus is like claiming for the rights to bread or wine," said Shooky Galili, an Israeli whose blog, dedicated to all things hummus, bears the motto "give chickpeas a chance."
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Gimme me meat and potatoEs.
"Ah'm just heah for the hummus."
throw in some fresh pita bread and I’m there dude!
I think Helen Thomas is more pleasing to the eye than Bill Clinton, judging by the time between heaves I'm experiencing.
Theres a beach cafe just south of Haifa that serves a
great salad/hummus combo with a unique Arab chili dip
sauce. I guess its pretty common but for me it was
a memorable experience, eating good food and watching
the sun set in the Med.
See that’s the best part. You eat the main course AFTER the appetizer (the hummus).
Hummus is reeeeaaaaalllly good.
Hummas, refried beans, all are foods from cultures mired in extreme poverty for generations beyond number.
Actually, in point of fact, the indigenous peoples of what is now Mexico once ate their neighbors, and so did as an ongoing part of their cultural heritage.
yeah, so, I guess it's the imperialist-white-racist gene in me that makes me hate it and love cheeseburgers.
Im Lebanese, well half. The other half of me is redneck. Humus on pita bread rocks then you go for the meat..lamb etc. Really good food. Hell I spread hummus on my Cheeseburger.
I once thought a Lebanese chick was hot.
we FReepers won’t sue you, but PETA will not forgive you for eating a part of that innocent bovid.
They are. When they are young. But they age bad.
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