Hummus is a condiment that is used as a dip but is can be also considered as a whole dish in itself. It is made from chickpeas, olive oil, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. It was only recently that hummus became popular in America due to its nutritional content. At its most basic form, hummus is very creamy and a bit tangy resembling that of many mayonnaise-based dips, only much healthier. A lot of people now use hummus as a dip instead of the traditional typical mayonnaise-based dips and ranch. To highlight the condiment’s popularity, it is worth noting that 20 years ago, sales of hummus averaged $5 million on an annual basis, today sales are averaging $725 million a year and are expected to rise.
- With declining tobacco sales and rising hummus consumption, a lot of Virginia farmers are shifting their crops from tobacco to chickpeas.
- Almost unknown 30 years ago, hummus today ranks alongside salsa and guacamole as the dips and condiments of choice.
- The USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council estimate that over 25 percent of American households have hummus inside their refrigerators.
- Hummus was wait to have been first made in Egypt about 800 years ago.