Hummus is one of the world’s most famous (and tasty) spreads. Come with us as we take a closer look at its history, ingredients, and origins.
What Is Hummus?
Hummus (sometimes written as “hummous”) is a paste made of chickpeas mixed with other ingredients such as lemon juice, tahini (sesame seed paste), and olive oil.
Hummus is a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine, which also features chickpeas as the main ingredient of other world-famous dishes like falafel.
The combination of tastiness and versatility makes hummus a must-have for food lovers. You can slather it on pita bread, use it in to make crusted chicken, or add it to your wraps. The possibilities are endless!
Who Invented Hummus?
This question is the subject of heated debates and is at the origin of the so-called hummus wars, where many Middle Eastern countries try to claim the title of inventors of hummus.
The truth is that hummus is so ancient that any attempt to pin down its inventor is almost doomed to be fruitless. After hundreds of years, evidence becomes fuzzy, especially considering that recipes are often passed by word of mouth, without leaving any written trace.
Regardless of its precise origins, hummus remains a symbol of Middle Eastern cuisine beloved all over the world.
Can You Freeze Hummus?
Yes, you can freeze hummus. Depending on the type and ingredients used, hummus can stay good for up to approximately three months when frozen. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you freeze hummus:
- Adding a thin layer of olive oil on top of your hummus before freezing helps preserve its moisture.
- While hummus can be frozen for a relatively long time, you should try to consume it as soon as possible. Over time, the freezing process affects some of the qualities of hummus, such as texture and flavor.
- Don’t freeze hummus in large batches. The larger the quantity, the longer it will take for it to thaw.
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