This is my second post inspired my my visit to Isreal with Vibe Isreal.
Isreal has an incredibly rich food scene – you might want to check out my blog post with my favourite food spots in Tel Aviv.
But we can’t talk about Israeli food with giving the proper attention to one of my favourite foods ever – Hummus!!
As you may know I’ve been the biggest fan of hummus for a long time. I became vegetarian as a teenager so as you can imagine I’ve eaten a lot of hummus over the years. It’s pretty much been a go to if there aren’t any other vegan options available. Not that that’s an issue as I adore it’s creamy nuttiness. Especially when dolloped on fresh flatbread with a good drizzle of olive oil.
So when I was invited to Israel on a vegan food tour I was hugely excited not only to experience the incredible innovative vegan food scene out there but also the food that they are commonly know for ie falafel, hummus, pitta, Israeli breakfasts, tahini, shakshuka etc
Photo credit; Amir
The origins of hummus;
The origin of hummus isn’t completely clear but it’s believed that chickpeas and fava beans have been cultivated and eaten in that region for thousands of years and Arabic cookbooks from the Middle Ages contain recipes for a chickpea purée similar to hummus. The addition of tahini was added later in the Greater Syria region.
Today there are three main schools of hummus in Israel; Jersuselem style with lots of lemon and garlic – pretty punchy and absolutely delicious. Northern style which is all about the tahini and the Tel aviv version which has hardly any chickpeas and lots of creaming tahini.
I had the pleasure to trying them all and they were all absolutely delicious, the smoothest creamiest hummus I’ve ever tasted and scooped up with fluffy pittas, incredible. I think the secret is the outstanding tahini which is so mild and creamy it can be eaten on its own.
I have two deliciously creamy hummus recipes for you; herby hummus and my new favourite – Shaksuka hummus!
They both start with my classic hummus recipe, then some gorgeous toppings! Enjoy xx