Hummus May Be Getting More Expensive. Here's Why
Blame a drought in India, where most chickpeas are grown. Luckily, we have some tasty alternatives.
But it's a great dip! We love to gather around a table, dipping everything we can into, for instance, this creamy hummus with spiced ground beef. It’s a staple for health-conscience snackers. But there's bad news: It’s about to get way more expensive.
Shoppers in the United Kingdom have already started experiencing this. The average price of hummus in a British supermarket is 12 percent higher than just one year ago, reports the New York Times. So what’s the deal?
India’s lack of rainfall may be the source of the problem. The South Asian country is the world’s largest producer of chickpeas, producing more than 10 times the amount of the next largest producer, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
A low rainfall over the last few years has left growers short on their annual chickpea harvest. Most of the chickpeas harvested in India are consumed domestically, forcing an increased import of the legume from other growers worldwide, reports the New York Times.
The poor harvest, combined with an increase in hummus popularity, has put pressure on worldwide chickpea producers, and in turn is increasing prices of your favorite chickpea products. Which means, yes, hummus prices are going up.
Not to fear: There are plenty of other bean-based and Mediterranean inspired dips. We say, learn to master dried beans and start experimenting with these seven chickpea-free recipes. You’re sure to find a new favorite.
Black Bean Dip
Simply blended with lime juice, salt, and cooking liquid this dip is a creamy, full-bodied bite. We recommend topping it off with tomatoes, green onions, and queso fresco, and serving with a side of plantain chips.
Get the recipe: Black Bean Dip
Edamame Hummus with Miso and Sesame
This less than classic hummus recipe brings together edamame, white miso, and dark sesame oil for an Asian-inspired twist to the Middle Eastern dish.
Get the recipe: Edamame Hummus with Miso and Sesame
Smoky Black Bean Dip
Chipotle chiles in adobo are the stars of the show here, bringing just enough smoky-hot depth to the dip. Blend in meaty mushrooms and black beans for perfect texture, ending with a swirl of sour cream.
Get the recipe: Smoky Black Bean Dip
Green Pea and Parsley Hummus
This super basic hummus recipe becomes a vibrant green from green peas and parsley. Serve with an assortment of colorful veggies for an award-winning platter.
Get the recipe: Green Pea and Parsley Hummus
Black Bean Hummus with Queso Fresco
Make this dip for taco night or as a simple centerpiece with crudite. The classic hummus recipe swaps out chickpeas for dreamy black beans, and adds a topping of queso fresco, red onion, and cilantro for a Mexican-inspired twist.
Get the recipe: Black Bean Hummus with Queso Fresco
White Bean Hummus with Anchovies and Parsley
Pita has found its new soulmate. Cannellini beans take the place of chickpeas in a classic recipe, and anchovies add an unexpected rich, umami flavor.
Get the recipe: White Bean Hummus with Anchovies and Parsley
Grill-Smoked Baba Ghanoush
If you’re set on tahini-based Middle Eastern treasures, than this eggplant dip is it. Blend charred eggplants, green onions, and garlic with tahini and lemon juice for a veggie packed, bean-free dip.
Get the recipe: Grill-Smoked Baba Ghanoush