The popularly consumed hummus, derived from chickpeas, originated in ancient Egypt, as the earliest mention of hummus dates back to Egypt in the 13th century. The source, chickpea was and still is abundantly found in the Middle East and is still commonly consumed.
The dish has grown immensely popular and is now consumed across the globe due to its ability to please our taste palettes and cater to nutritional needs.
Hummus is a popularly consumed puree that consists of cooked chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans, tahini sesame paste, lemon juice and olive oil. The texture of a classic hummus is the first sensation, that is smooth and creamy. The main flavor of the hummus is driven by chickpeas and is rounded out by using the nutty tahini paste, lemon juice and a bit of raw garlic.
Nutritional and Health benefits of hummus:
Over the course of time, hummus has travelled far from its origin and is now popularly consumed across the globe. Nearly two decades ago hummus was alien to the American region, but now it can be found easily at stores and restaurants as it caters well to the dietary and versatility requirements, it tastes good, promotes health and wellbeing, helps meet current plant-based dietary recommendations and is easy to include with other healthy foods. Hummus also easily fits into a variety of healthy eating patterns, including the Mediterranean dietary pattern , and is used as part of the protein foods and vegetable categories within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Given the versatility, palatability, and potential health benefits, hummus can play a unique role when included in the American diet, to promote health and diet quality.
Today, there are many ways to make and flavor hummus. Every country, region, neighbourhood and family has its own way catering to taste and nutrition.
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