Why Hummus is a Very Popular Mediterranean Food

Hummus Mediterranean Food

Hummus is one of the most well-known, healthy, and delicious Mediterranean specialties. Made from a base of blended chickpeas and garlic, hummus is a versatile Mediterranean spread commonly enjoyed alongside flatbreads (such as pita) or freshly sliced vegetables. The origins of hummus are still somewhat unknown, with many countries claiming themselves as the first inventors of the infamous chickpea spread. Regardless of where it originates from, hummus made a lasting mark on Mediterranean cuisine and is still wildly popular today with different flavor combinations, fresh herbs, and accompaniments. 

Aside from being delicious, hummus is also a nutritious powerhouse. According to Healthline, its health benefits include its high plant-based protein content, inflammation-fighting properties, and heart-healthy oils. All of these health benefits (plus many more) helped turn hummus into a popular health food snack option across the world, but especially in US culture. In fact, a recent article from Today.com estimates that “25 percent of American homes now stock hummus in the fridge.” 

At Caravan Kebab in Edmonds, Washington, we have a large assortment of Meditteranean food options prepared by Chef Shahzad, including our authentic hummus recipe. Our hummus is made with smoothly ground chickpeas, sesame tahini, smoked paprika, fresh lemon juice, garlic, and extra virgin olive oil. This Meditteranean classic is served with homemade pita bread, with the option for extra pita for just $3.50. Or, give one of our other Mediterranean spreads a try, including our Baba Ghanouj (smoky eggplant spread with sesame tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon), and our tzatziki (Greek yogurt with cucumber, fresh dill, garlic, and olive oil). 

Our very own Chef Shahzad at Caravan Kebab has traveled across Asia, Europe, and the Mediterranean learning from some of the best chefs in the world. As a result, our menu is a reflection of his favorite memories, locations, and flavors from around the globe. Aside from Mediterranean cuisine, we also offer Indian and European specialties for you to try.  

Our kitchen places an emphasis on healthy and authentic cooking that best represents the local and organic produce available to us here in the Pacific Northwest. For authentic and nutritious food made with a passion for culinary arts, try our menu today. Call us to place an order for takeout, and be sure to give our hummus a try too! Happy New Year, and thank you for supporting our local business.