300 Lebanese chefs set a world record when they concocted more than ten tonnes of hummus this weekend in a bid to beat their rival Israel's attempts in their long running hummus war.
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Pulse-ating: Chefs pour hummus into a gigantic dish in Ain Saadeh, Lebanon, during their record attempt (Pictures: Reuters/AP/AFP/Getty)
That easily doubled the previous record of about four tonnes set in January in a town near Jerusalem.
The bowl of Biblical proportions was made with seven tonnes of boiled chickpeas, two tonnes of tahini and 700kg of olive oil – equivalent to nearly 1million olives.
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It was all mixed together in a giant vessel which itself claimed the record for the largest earthenware dish.
Lebanon accuses Israel of stealing traditional Arab dishes like hummus and marketing them worldwide as Israeli – costing Lebanese businesses hundreds of millions of pounds.
Stirring achievement: Some of the 300 chefs get busy
Lebanon is demanding approval from the European Union to register hummus as a national dish – as feta cheese is for Greece.
But Israeli Shooky Galili, whose blog carries the slogan ‘give chickpeas a chance’, said: ‘Trying to make a copyright claim over hummus is like claiming for the rights to bread or wine. Nobody owns it.’
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