January 18, 2010
Israeli restaurant boasts world record: 4 tons of hummus

Worldfocus partner Australian Broadcasting Corporation brings us a story about the hummus war.

Israel and Lebanon have long been competing for the world record in hummus production. The dispute is about who has cultural ownership over the eastern Mediterranean staple.

And now, Israel boasts a four-ton hummus batch in the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Ghosh — nearly doubling the Guinness world record set in Beirut last year.

Ben Knight of ABC has more.

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#8

Hi All
We have a mutual interest.
Our site http://www.lingodesigns.com is created from the languages around the world!

#7

Definitely Humus is Hebrew in origin. From Wikipedia. Almighty is fun correcting misinformers:

Chickpeas and sesame, the crops from which hummus’s main ingredients are taken, were known and cultivated in the ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern worlds. Chickpeas are hummus’s principal ingredient, and have been a human food item for over 10,000 years.[14] The chickpea was used as a food item in Palestine before 4000 BC, was one of the earliest crops cultivated in Mesopotamia and was a common street dish in ancient Rome;[11] indeed the famous Roman orator, Cicero, was named for an ancestor who had a wart on his nose shaped like a chickpea. Archeological evidence identifies chickpeas in the Sumerian diet before 2500 BC.[15] They are noted in a 13th century work by Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi of Persia for a “simple dish” of meat, pulses and spices.[16] It is unknown whether chickpeas were commonly mashed in any of these cultures. Tahini (sesame paste) likewise lacks any clear historical context. Sesame was grown as a crop in ancient Assyrian and Babylonian gardens and is mentioned by Columella.[17] It was common in Roman and Persian kitchens in the form of sesame oil but not as the tahini paste of hummus-bi-tahini.[18]

Other ingredients are used in sundry recipes of hummus-bi-tahini. The olive originated in Syria and Palestine, where it was being cultivated by the fourth millennium BC. A variety may have been indigenous to Crete, where olives were being cultivated by 2500 BC. The Bible mentions olive oil many times and it was exported to places such as Egypt. Several Roman writers indicate that salt was used in extracting the oil.[19] Garlic was grown in the gardens of King Merodach-Baladan II of Babylon and probably was in Greece by the early Bronze Age.[20] The lemon was last to arrive in the Middle East and Mediterranean world, originating in India. However, depictions of lemons have been found at Pompeii and Tusculum, so this fruit must have reached the Roman world, at least as a luxury import, by the first century.[21]

#6

Just use the copy and paste on your address bar for the Hummus lovers site

humus101.com/EN/2007/03/03/hummus-instead-of-prozac/

#5

Try again if not just copy and paste in you http address:

http://www.humus101.com

#4

This is the Hummus site and Israeli contribution. And do not come and tell me Israel stole the information.

humus101.com/EN/2007/03/03/hummus-instead-of-prozac/

#3

Correction big correction chickpeas do not cause depression on the contrary are big anti=depression sources: Read form this Israeli study. I eat crow and you eat your heart (A+ for Israel)

Hummus instead of Prozac
A recent research conducted by Israeli scientists, has interesting findings concerning the popularity of Hummus. It’s all about mood they say – chickpeas are the ancestors of Prozac.
It is a known fact that Chickpeas, as well as other legumes, contain a large dosage of Tryptophan, an amino acid which is an important building block of serotonin. The latter, is a neurotransmitter, the lack of which modern biochemistry and psychiatry agree is strongly connected with “mood disorders” such as anxiety and minor depression.
Nowdays, the lack of serotonin is treated with SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Medicines such as Prozac, Seroxat, Cipralex etc.) which increases the amount of serotonin in the brain. A Tryptophan rich diet has a similar effect.
The Cicer Arietinum (a.k.a chickpea) is the richest in Tryptophan specie throughout it’s genus of plants.
What the researchers (Professor Avi Gopher, Dr. Zohar Kerem, Professor Simcha Lev-Yadun, Dr. Shachar Abbo.) say, is that the chickpea was probably cultivated due to its’ rich Tryptophan content. Ancient men were better skilled than us in recognizing healthy foods and getting their nutritional needs from foods – very much like we can see in animals.

#2

More info:

hummus |ˈhoŏməs; ˈhəm-| (also hoummos or humous)
noun
a thick paste or spread made from ground chickpeas and sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon, and garlic, made originally in the Middle East.
ORIGIN from Arabic ḥummuṣ.

By the way eating large amounts of chickpeas causes depression.

An another jibe at their favorite punching bag, this hummus is not as tasty. Now count their negatives rammed in this 2 min piece, and no-Israel and no-Israel? That is what I call negative efficiency.

#1

Give credit to where it fits. Key words: Israel and “”Lebanon”" at war, where is Hezbollah the Iran puppet attacking innocent Israeli civilians? Never heard of it.
They don’t only steal “”our”" land, they steal “”our”"food. Israeli side, what side? This is a PBS site, no friends of Israel. Never loose an opportunity to put down my favorite punching bag.

Remember Israeli Arab town. Were Israelis or Arabs that mede the Hummus? What is Hummus, please explain. Sorry no time, just bash Israel the great liberator called a land robber.

Well what can you do when a site is controlled by “drones”? with the following definition:

a male bee in a colony of social bees, which does no work but can fertilize a queen.
• figurative a person who does no useful work and lives off others.
By the way after fertilizing the queen , he dies. We should be so lucky.

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