Hummus is a chickpea paste of Arab origin that has begun to be discovered in the western world relatively recently. Actually the word “hummus” means “chickpea”, its main ingredient. The result of this recipe is a thick and creamy paste composed of previously cooked chickpeas to which a sesame seed paste called tahini seasoned with olive oil, salt, garlic and lemon juice. You can also add paprika, fresh vegetables, corn or wheat crusts and pita bread, depending on the variety and culinary tradition of your place of origin.
Its origin dates back to antiquity without knowing exactly the exact region where it comes from, but it is believed that should be located between Egypt and the Middle East. Today the largest producer of this substance is India, according to the Organization of Consumers and Users (OCU @consumers). However, it has long been consumed in places like Israel, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Cyprus, among others.
While this product can be prepared at home naturally, it also we can find it already prepared in supermarkets. Packaged products are less recommended to maintain a healthy diet, but in the case of hummus, today you can find interesting alternatives in the different food chains.
In Spain, the most famous hummus is that produced by George Stavrakakis, the owner and director of Rensika, which it distributes through different brands in various supermarkets. Its production plant is located in Rubí, Barcelona, and about 20 tons per year leave here every year. Through the brand YGriega is sold in Alcampo (@to field), The English Court (@The English Court) and Save More (@Save_com).
While in Mercadona (@Mercadona) is marketed by the name of Simply Greek, well known in this establishment and where Resinka sells most of its production. In Aldi (@Aldi_es), the manufacturer is Casa Morando (Germany), the Lidl (@lidlespana), Chef Select (Czech Republic), and finally in Carrefour the brand Al’fez.
Simply Greek hummus and YGriega, contain 57% chickpeas, while the one sold in Lidl, has 54%. The one that is distributed in Aldi, 42%, and Al’fez, owns 39%.
Today one of the most successful is the one sold exclusively in Mercadona, which is almost an emblem of this supermarket, especially for consumers of this product. Apart from the chickpeas, if we look at the ingredients it should be noted that this together with the other one from Resinka, they use more sunflower oil than olive oil in your recipe (only 2%), than that offered in other shops. In all the cases mentioned, the number of ingredients used is eleven, except for the one that can be purchased at Aldi, which contains a total of 15 ingredients.
Casa Morando’s hummus with sesame contains rapeseed oil and 14% sesame along with oil also from this roasted seed. There are BIO and ECO options, too, that meet the requirements to be cataloged in this way, that is, come from organic farming. Biográ or Vegetalia are some examples.
From a nutritional point of view, it should be noted that this preparation has as its main component a legume that provides important health benefits: chickpea. This is rich in complex carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, vitamins and minerals. If consumed spreading on bread, it forms a complete protein, as when grains and legumes are combined. It has iron and vitamin C, as well as vitamin B6, folic acid and potassium.
From the OCU they recall that some research asserts that frequent consumption of this legume contributes to higher intakes of dietary fiber, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins E and B9, and magnesium. Those who take it regularly have less total fat, specifically trans fat and cholesterol, compared to those who do not.
The hummus line is very varied as it can be made in different ways. Normally, the chickpeas are cooked first and then crushed and then the rest of the ingredients are added. They all get together and fight until getting that creamy texture that characterizes it. When we serve it we can sprinkle it with a little sweet paprika or add a splash of olive oil and even some parsley to give it more flavor.
It’s a good accompaniment to many dishesFor example, we can use it instead of mayonnaise for some salads or with a fish, such as salmon, but also with other healthy foods such as peppers or hard-boiled eggs.
Various studies attribute benefits for cardiovascular health and even antidepressant qualities, as contains an essential amino acid, tryptophan, which in significant quantities produces serotonin, the hormone of happiness, as confirmed by a study carried out by Israeli scientists.