Where does hummus come from? Who invented it?
These are questions we get asked frequently. It is an age old debate (probably as old as hummus itself) and to be honest, there isn't one clear answer. Everyone from Palestine to Syria to Lebanon to Israel and so on have tried to claim they created the now famous chickpea dip.
Based on historical documentation, we do know the ingredients that make up hummus have been around for centuries. Hummus, which means chickpea in Arabic, is said to be one of the first legumes ever cultivated nearly 10,000 years ago in Turkey. Ground sesame seed paste known as Tahini and the ying to the chickpea's yang was first mentioned in Arabic cookbooks in the 13th century.
It is believed that the first reference of hummus dates back to Egypt also in the 13th century (maybe earlier than that!).
The debate still lingers on today, but what's neat is that each of these countries have their own take on hummus.
Pretty cool that we are still digging it over 800 years later!