With the International Day Hummus (International Hummus Day) delivers the 13. May all fans of oriental cuisine a reason to celebrate. At least if it were up to the Israeli Ben Lang, who started this Food Holiday in 2012. The following lines illuminate what this special day of the specialty made from pureed chickpeas, sesame puree, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and spices is all about and why Hummus Day deserves a permanent place in the calendar of curious holidays from all over the world . Good Appetite.
Who started International Hummus Day?
In contrast to many of the other contributions collected from the calendar of culinary holidays, the origins and backgrounds of International Hummus Day are relatively well documented. And as mentioned at the beginning, a well-known face appears here with Ben Lang as the initiator. For the Israeli has also next to the present hummus-day International falafel day (Engl. International Falafel Day) launched on 12 June.
Today’s occasion also seems to go back to 2012. Although the archive of the official website only contains press materials from 2016, the Waybackmachine Internet archive lists the first version of the domain for 2012.
Why is International Hummus Day on May 13th?
In contrast, the date seems to be a relatively arbitrary calendar setting. Because in the course of researching for the present article, I was unable to find out why Lang decided on May 13th.
If there is a substantive connection here to the US day of fruit cocktails (National Fruit Cocktail Day), the day of tulips (National Tulip Day) or the day of apple pie (National Apple Pie Day) or the international World Cocktail Day (World Cocktail Day) remains unclear.
Kitchen Knowledge: Five Curious Hummus Facts That You Should Know
- Let’s start with some etymology. The term hummus has its roots in the Arabic hummus and literally means chickpea. All other known names have been derived from this origin. In Hebrew, the chickpea paste is called חומוס (‘xumus), in Turkish humus, in French houmous. In English and German, the original spelling has been adopted, although in this country hummus can be both masculine and neuter according to the Duden. Alternative spellings such as Hommos or Hommus are now rather rare.
- Hummus is a popular and widespread starter in the entire Middle East. In Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, Israel and Syria, the dish is even used as a national dish.
- As a rule, the cold starter is served or consumed in these regions together with the flatbread pita and with other so-called mezze (Levantine starters).
- How is hummus made? Traditionally, beans and chickpeas are boiled down until they can be pureed into a pulp. This pulp is mixed with tahini, olive oil and lemon juice to form a cream, which is then seasoned with crushed garlic, cumin, pepper and salt. Some recipe variants also use yogurt for the final smooth stirring, which makes the hummus creamier. Before serving this cold dish, the surface of the porridge is furrowed with a spoon and garnished with olive oil, parsley, hot paprika, cumin and sumac.
- Contrary to popular belief, hummus is great for storing in the refrigerator for several days. After all, the ingredients and spices used can gain even more flavor in this way.
With this in mind: Bon appetit and a relaxed International Hummus Day to all of you.