The War Continues: Lebanon Fires 10-Ton Chumus Broadside at Israel


humus-chumusLebanon yesterday claimed another victory in the continuing battle with Israel over which country can make the largest plate of the chickpea delicacy chumus – with a 10-ton broadside.

More than 300 chefs set the new record for chumus, which the Lebanese say is their national dish despite Israeli claims, in the presence of a Guinness World Records representative who confirmed its weight at 10,452 kilograms.

Chumus is a dip made of chick peas, sesame paste, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. The chefs mixed the ingredients together in a giant plate which itself claimed a record for the largest earthenware dish.

The latest Lebanese shot across Israel’s culinary bows came amid a gastronomic fight between two countries still technically at war.

In January, 50 chefs in the Arab-Israeli village of Abu Ghosh near Yerushalayim mashed up more than four tons of chumus, beating a Guinness record set in Lebanon just months previously.

Both chumus and tabbouleh — a salad made with parsley, bulgur wheat, scallions and tomatoes — are being used as ammunition in the cultural cuisine campaign. The Lebanese set the tabbouleh record last year.

Israel exports chumus widely, and is accused of claiming an Arab dish as its own.

Now the Lebanese have also set their sights on falafel, which is popular in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and … Israel. Today, they will try to set a world record for that also.

{AFP/Yair Israel}


  1. Did you think before you posted this.

    To even joke about war like this trivalizes real missiles landing in out towns.

    Please remove promptly.