May 15, 2014

National Hummus Day

"It's vegetarian. It's healthy. It's beans." - Khatib (speaking about hummus in the movie "Bruno")

It's National Hummus Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the third Thursday of May each year.)

If salad is the number one thing that folks identify with vegetarians, hummus might just be the second. Which is totally okay with me since hummus is basically one of the best foods ever (thus perpetuating the stereotype). There are just so many different flavors, that it's hard to grow bored with it. Lemon, roasted red pepper, kalamata olive, spinach and artichoke, garlic, vegetable, sriracha, coconut curry, jalapeno cilantro.. yum, yum, yum.

Did you know the word "hummus" is an Arabic word meaning “chickpea"? It's a spread/dip made from mashed chickpeas mixed (usually) with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. While there's serious debate about it's origins, one things for sure: it is a food that's centuries upon centuries upon centuries old.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies.

Today you can celebrate simply with pretzels or carrots dipped in hummus, a delicious falafel sandwich with tzatziki and hummus spread inside it, or some homemade concoction that will probably be the best you've ever eaten. You can't go wrong no matter what!

Happy National Hummus Day!