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There’s no two ways about it: hummus, an institution of Middle Eastern cuisine, is delicious. And business, particularly in the U.S., is booming. According to The Wall Street Journal, hummus, a “healthful snack,” which falls into the grocery category of “refrigerated flavored spreads,” reached $530 million in sales in 2012 alone, a 25% jump from 2010.

And it appears that hummus’ international popularity has reached a fever pitch, as today, May 13, is the 4th Annual International Hummus Day. About hummus, the event’s Facebook page states: “Eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The more the better.”

The event was conceived in 2012 when Ben Lang, and American-Israeli entrepreneur, “modeled the celebration of the popular Middle Eastern chickpea dish on another popular food holiday: World Nutella Day,” reports the International Business Times. “But Lang saw in hummus something the Italian hazelnut-chocolate spread did not have: a special potential in helping to change perceptions about Israel around the world.”

So let’s use this official “holiday” as an excuse to eat more hummus than usual, and to re-visit some of Tablet’s excellent hummus-related coverage. This round-up includes: hummus that comes in a squeeze bottle, as well as the recent recall of 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus after listeria was detected. (PepsiCo, by the way, owns a 50% stake in Sabra.)

Lemon Lover’s Hummus (A recipe!!)

Sabra Hummus Recalled After Listeria Detected

The Big Squeeze

Benjamin Netanyahu Is Addicted to Ice Cream

L.A.’s Jewish Top Foodie

An Intervention Letter to Kate Moss

Dip of Nations

Food Fight

Make Dip, Not War

Sundown: Lebanon Is Hummus Champ

Of Hamas and Hummus

Israeli Food Big in Japan (Alright!)

Jamie Geller, the ‘Kosher Rachael Ray,’ Dresses Up Simple Family Meals

Can the ‘Jerusalem’ Cookbook Bring About Peace?





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