Travel Treats: Hummus, Middle East

Want a little more zing on your taste buds? Want a zesty flavor of sour citrus mixed with the mild flavor of chickpeas to fill your tummy? If you said yes to either of these, you might want to give hummus a try. This dish is a beige-colored spread/dip made from the aforementioned chickpeas that have been cooked, then mashed and mixed with several other ingredients: tahinin (a sesame seed paste), salt, olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Because of the texture of the dish, it can be eaten in a variety of ways from spreading it over your favorite bread, dipping some pita bread into it, or mixing it into other foods like veggies, falafels, deviled eggs, and more.
Nobody knows the true origin of hummus aside from it being a creation from the Middle East. Many regions claim to be the place of origin for this simple yet tasty dish due to its long history of existence. Some even say that it was first prepared in the 12th century by Saladin, the first Egyptian sultan (although this has been disproven).
Hummus is a tasty dish that is easy to make and also a great way to fill up for less. It’s quite heavy and can make a good meal when paired with certain bread or vegetables. It’s an especially tasty option for vegetarians and vegans to chow down on during group gatherings or parties. So if you’re looking for a treat that lacks all the meat, dab some hummus on a pita slice and get munching!