What Is Hummus?

ways, complementing many different dishes. However, its traditional recipe includes only a few ingredients: chickpeas, olive or sesame oil, garlic, and lemon juice. When tahini is added — as is very common these days in America — it is called hummus bi tahina. These ingredients are simple and cheap, which makes hummus an easy go-to snack to prepare at home or purchase. (Photo courtesy of flickr/tulumba)

th century, hummus has spread to Greece, Turkey, and many other Middle Eastern countries. (Photo courtesy of flickr/Brice Snow)

Hummus has remained such a popular and prevalent dish mainly because of its health benefits. Its main ingredient, the chickpea, is a legume, which is extremely high in protein and a significant source of zinc and folate. Legumes are also very high in fiber and a good source of carbohydrates.

vegetarians. (Photo courtesy of flickr/fadetowhite) 

Plus, it makes a fantastic snack for vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores alike.