High in fiber and protein, chickpeas are playing a starring role on menus at fast-casual chains like Little Sesame in Washington, where hummus bowls abound. Chickpeas also are good for soil health — and growing demand could help restore soils depleted by decades of intensive farming.
Lebanese chefs celebrate in Beirut after setting a new Guinness record for what was then the biggest tub of hummus in the world — weighing over 2 tons — in October 2009. The world record effort was part of Lebanon's bid to claim hummus as its own.
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Kobi Tzafrir serves hummus at the Humus Bar, his restaurant north of Tel Aviv, Israel. "If you eat a good hummus, you will feel love from the person who made it," he tells The Salt. "You don't want to stab him."
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