Really and truly, it couldn’t happen to a nicer country. It appears that the British, while not pissing on Israel and its human rights, or putting out a variety of calls for academic boycotts of Israelis, enjoy supping on some fine, vintage Israeli hummus.

The British Independent newspaper chose the Tsabar hummus brand as the best in a taste test conducted by the newspaper’s weekend magazine.

The test conductors found the Tsabar hummus to have a smooth texture with an authentic Middle-Eastern taste.

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  • 1) Tzabar hummus may be the best in England, but it’s the worst in Israel (and it’s the same stuff). If you have to get storebought hummus, Achla is superior. Of course, if standard British hummus is anything like standard American hummus, it’s no wonder Tzabar won.

    2) What the fuck is that shiny, sickly-looking shit you have as a picture? Middle, that is not hummus. Hummus is not shiny. I can tell just by looking the texture is all wrong. And who garnishes hummus with a single parsley leaf? Where are the warm chickpeas? The ring of olive oil? The fuul? ANYTHING?

    I demand, for hummus’ sake, that the picture be changed to something more appropriate!

  • Here, this is a little better. Not perfect, and a little small, and I don’t what that white shit is in the middle, but at least it looks like hummus.

  • Ummmm….I’m not sure I would be happy about having the Brits endorse your food.

    I mean, after all, this is the country where people eat Spotted Dicks, Raspberry Fools, and Toads in the Hole.

    (Of course, I always thought that a spotted dick is what you got if you put your toad in the wrong hole, but what do I know? I’m just a Yank.)

  • You forgot to quote the most important sentence: “The Tsabar hummus, marketed under the brand name “Jordan Sabra” received the highest score.”

    No wonder Tzabar won, I suppose they got the highets scores because people tought it to be from Jordan which is rather popular with British tourists. Like my British friends who want to visit me here for years: “No problem with you living in Israel, let’s meet in Jordan then.” @&%ร‚ยง*$#!

  • The best hummus I had (not been to Israel yet) was in a little kebab place owned by two Israelis in Los Boliches, Fuengirola (Spain). I live in London and the hummus here is horrendous. I’ll try Tsabar, though. Or keep on making my own…

  • You know, CZ, I didn’t even pay attention to the name, but of course your point is right. I have seen a “Sabra” brand (which I assume is the same) sold as “Hummus Abu Ghosh” and now thanks to you, I have made the connection. I guess it comes off as more authentic than Hummus Tel Aviv.

  • I live in Hawaii. Up until 2 years ago, I had no idea there was anything other than freeze-dried “hummus”. Mmmm… all that chalky goodness! But then an Israeli woman opened a kosher store in downtown Honolulu, and I was very impressed with the Sabra brand… hehehe. And that’s my ONLY point of reference! What can I say… you guys got it good!

  • Actually, Hummus Abu Ghosh is not just a name to distract from Sabra’s Israeliness, it’s a distinct variety of hummus. Sabra/Tzabar makes a bunch of different hummus varietes. Of course, just because they make hummus b’signon Abu Ghosh doesn’t mean it holds a candle to actual hummus Abu Ghosh. But few things do.

  • All I know is that my family stocks a few brands of hummus, etc and the Israelis won’t touch anything BUT Sabra.

    Hummus masbacha… mmmmmm

  • Send us Brits some of your good stuff, then! I’ve been a hummus fanatic since I was a kibbutz volunteer and then Hebrew student in the early 90s.
    Sabra/Tsabar IS the best we can get in supermarkets…and also the most expensive. Delicatessans can offer superior hummus if you know where to go. Luckily I have 3 Lebanese restaurants/takeaways nearby in my neighbourhood in southwest London, so I can get the good stuff, but if you live outside of big cities in the UK you’re condemned to rubbish
    Most of the hummus we get here is very garlicky (which I believe is more Greek – and hummus is more associated with Greece than Israel here). It’s also hard to buy without either caramelised onions, cumin, Moroccan spices, lemon and/or other rubbish being added.
    Hummus lovers look to you, Israel!

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