Celebrating International and National Hummus Day

On May 13, hummus lovers all over the globe celebrated this delicious and distinct dish on International Hummus Day, and a week later Americans celebrated National Hummus Day. While the festivities were as diverse as the dish, they all featured the same star: hummus! 

Here at the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC), we celebrated by making, taste testing, and then publishing two amazing hummus recipes for Liz’s Kitchen, a feature piece in our Pulse Pipeline newsletter. The recipes we highlighted were a Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus and a Spicy Red Kidney Bean Hummus- something sweet, something spicy, and something for everyone. The verdict from the office was unanimous: both recipes knocked it out of the park. 

One of the US Pea & Lentil Trade members, Hinrichs Trading Company, a family owned chickpea distributer based out of Pullman, WA, celebrated with their office staff by eating hummus and generally promoting the use of chickpeas.  In fact, Hinrichs Trading Company has been supplying their customers, consumers, producers, and local community with chickpeas since 1971. “We promote hummus and chickpeas every day,” said Jackie Hodson, Director of Growers and Logistics, “But today we are going to eat hummus!”

While International and National Hummus Day may only come around once a year, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy hummus every day. The diversity and versatility of hummus make it perfect for year-round snacking.  

Interested in adding more hummus to your diet? Then search for “Hummus” at www.pulses.org/nap/recipes.

 

PULSES ARE A TRUE SUPERFOOD

Whether it be celebrating national or international hummus day, pulses overall have been making headlines and popping up in media coverage all over the world. People from far and wide are talking about and seeking out information on pulses, their health benefits, and diversity. Here are some of the highlights:  

Pulses were included in a Consumer Reports article titled, “Is Hummus Good for You?”, which notes that pulses (like chickpeas) rank high on the “healthy foods” list. The article was also picked up by Yahoo! Finance. Registered dietitian Lindsey Pine shared that she reaches for savory foods made from pulses in a Women’s Health articled titled, “What Nutritionists Eat When They're Really Damn Stressed.” 

Influencer Cotter Crunch’s recipe for Cumin Roasted Chickpea Chicken Bowls was included in a Greatest roundup of “7 Superfood Recipes That Prove Healthy Food Tastes Better in a Bowl.” Prevention included black beans and white beans in a roundup of “13 Foods That Have More Potassium Than a Banana,” noting that the ingredients are high in potassium and other nutrients.  


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