Israel recaptured the world record for making the largest plate of hummus, nearly doubling a record set in Lebanon less than three months ago.
About 50 Arab and Jewish chefs in the Israeli-Arab town of Abu Gosh prepared more than 8,800 pounds of the traditional Middle East spread last Friday.
The recipe included 2 1/2 tons of chickpeas, 1 1/2 tons of sesame paste and hundreds of fresh-squeezed lemons, as well as crushed garlic and olive oil. The finished product was displayed on a huge dish: a satellite dish nearly 20 feet in diameter.
The Lebanese record of about 4,500 pounds set in late October broke an Israeli record.
Lebanon claims ownership of hummus, a traditional Middle Eastern dish, and accuses Israel of stealing the product and marketing it as Israeli, according to reports. Its exact origin is unknown, though presumed to be Arab.
This story "Israel Bests Lebanon for Hummus World Record" was written by JTA.