Posted on May 13, 2020
There is this kind of bean that has a lot of names:
- chick pea
- garbanzo bean
- Egyptian pea
Whatever you call it, this bean is tasty and full of protein, and it's important in Indian and Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine. And it has been important for a loooong time - scientists have found remains of chick peas that are 7,500 years old!!
Chick peas are thought to be one of the earliest cultivated (deliberately grown) legumes in the world.
There are lots of ways to eat chick peas. Of course they're eaten in bean salads and in bean-salad sandwiches; they are cooked in soups, stews, and curries; they are ground up to make falafel...
And they are mashed to make today's celebrated food: hummus!
Hummus is typically mashed up and then blended with tahini, garlic, and lemon juice. Garnishes vary from paprika to olive oil, pine nuts to cucumber, hard-boiled eggs to parsley to caramelized onions to tomato to to to ... Well, there are a lot of possibilities!
Hummus is often served as a dip to be eaten with flat bread, crackers, veggies or tortilla chips. It can be served "on the side" with all kinds of meat or fish dishes, or with sandwiches, wraps, or falafel.
Celebrate today by making or buying hummus - and of course eating hummus. Yum!
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