According to market researchers Symphony IRI Group, hummus was a $5 million business led by only a smattering of companies just 15 years ago. Today it dominates the “refrigerated flavored spreads” category. If you are wondering “What is hummus?” Hummus is a Middle Eastern and Arabic food dip. Hummus ingredients include cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, salt and garlic. Today, it is popular throughout the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, Morocco, and in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. Hundreds of recipes for hummus exist, with spicy hummus dip ranking highly in most favorite flavors.
Aside from being delicious, hummus dip recipes have tons of nutritional benefits. Hummus is high in iron and vitamin C and also has significant amounts of folate and vitamin B6. One serving of hummus also contains 1 percent of the recommended amount of calcium, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and potassium!
Hummus is most commonly used as a dip for pita bread or vegetables, but also works well in recipes and as a sandwich spread. Hummus comes in dozens of flavors, ranging from spicy hummus dip to vegetable flavored hummus.
If you are looking for something to dress up a sandwich or need a new dip idea, you may want to consider hummus. It is not only delicious, but is also chock full of benefits, so you will not feel as guilty after your third helping of spicy hummus dip.