Is hummus Arabic or Greek

Where Does Hummus Really Come From?

For years people from different cultures have been arguing where hummus really comes from. Is it Arabic, Israeli or Greek? When and where was it created? These are hard questions to answer, but the one thing that everyone will agree on is that it is delicious. Maybe that's why so many different countries want to "own" the dish so badly.

Is Hummus Israeli?

The recipe is made up of four simple ingredients: chickpeas, sesame paste (better known as tahini), garlic, and lemon. Perhaps the secret to hummus' beginnings can be traced back to its main ingredient, chickpeas. This harvest has been around for 10,000 years. Chickpeas are common in the Middle East and there is a record of having been eaten for thousands of years. In fact, the earliest existing record of something resembling hummus is from 13th century Egypt.

Chickpeas | © Whitney / Flickr

Is Hummus Greek?

There is no doubt that hummus is ancient, which leads some to think that it is Greek. However, there is no exact record of them making the dip prior to their popularity in the Middle East - which is understandable as many people did not yet know how to write at the time.

Is hummus arab?

In the Arab world, most cuisines have hummus as a staple food. It's a common dish in countries like Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, and more. This continued popularity can be seen as a sign that hummus belongs to the Arabs. This delicacy also gets its name from the word chickpeas in Arabic - which in turn suggests that it only belongs to the Arabs. However, once again there is no definite evidence to prove or disprove this theory.

Hummus | © Robert Judge / Flickr

Hummus is for everyone!

In fact, people know for sure that hummus is a crossover food and today it has traveled from ancient times to supermarket shelves around the world. It doesn't matter where you're from, everyone loves hummus and the dish has even taken western society by storm. It is also one of the most important dishes used by Palestinians and Israelis. Hence his power goes beyond politics and nationalities; This makes people wonder if it really matters where hummus comes from or if we should all enjoy it together.


Author: Brent Matthews

Brent Matthews is a 44 year old journalist. Social Media Practitioner. Twitter lover. Coffee nerd. Student. Avid troublemaker. Entrepreneur. Advocate of music.