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Lebanon beats Israel in ‘biggest hummus’ battle

Melissa Kaplan May 10, 2010

Israel and Lebanon have been competing over who can make the biggest vat of hummus. As of this weekend, it’s Lebanon, with a spread weighing in at 22,046 pounds (or 10,452 kilograms). The Lebanese took the record from Israel, which whipped up a batch in January weighing 4 metric tons.

There is no monetary price for holding a Guiness world record, but holding the record for largest vat of hummus comes with a profitable worldwide distinction. Hopefully that’ll make up for the cost of production: chickpeas in Lebanon cost $1.30-$2.30 a kilo.

Next up: the two countries will compete to see who can make the world’s largest falafel.

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