Hummus in America The Late Bloomer of the Condiment and Dip World

Different flavors of hummus

It’s so secret that Americans are picky eaters. Like, really picky eaters. So much so that when hummus dip recipes first made their debut on American soil during the 1960’s and 1970’s, they were largely ignored and only found in specialty or health food stores. Oh, how things have changed!

Prior to it’s American debut, hummus recipes have been around for a long, long time. Considered a staple food in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, the earliest document recipe for a food very similar in nature to modern hummus dates back to 13th century Egypt. However, as the world continues to become more culturally integrated, hummus dips are finally getting the attention and recognition that they deserve.

So what’s all the hubbub about hummus? Perhaps the fact that it tastes so good, yet is also incredibly good for you, making the perfect not-so-guilty-guilty-pleasure kind of food. Consisting of ground chickpeas — also called garbanzo beans — fresh lemon juice, fresh garlic, sea salt, and a drizzle of olive oil, hummus is paced with essential nutrients and vitamins such as fiber, protein, iron, folate, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Talk about packing a healthy punch!

Although plain ol’ hummus is quite popular — and tasty — there are several other delicious varieties to choose from, many of which can be made right in the comfort of your own home. Roasted red pepper hummus dip is perhaps one of the most common hummus varieties available on the market, and one that is often made by home chefs. However, if you’re looking for something a little bolder than roasted red pepper hummus dip, consider creating some of your own flavor varieties at home.

For example, everyone loves bacon, everyone loves bleu cheese, and everyone loves hummus, so why not combine all three? This is just of many delicious homemade hummus varieties you can make. So what are you waiting for? Get creative!

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