Thanksgiving hummus – are sweet potatoes more down home than chickpeas?

The claim is made that chickpeas are supplanting tobacco on American farms. Hummus is rising.Sweet-Potatoes1

But I’m not seeing chickpeas in eastern NC – not in Edgecombe County.

What I see is sweet potatoes. Indubitably, sweet potatoes are down home in the Old North State. North Carolina grows 50,000 acres, 47% of all the sweet potatoes in the United States.

Now: Sweet Potato Hummus. Turns out there’s a whole wing of the Internet that’s devoted to sweet potato hummus recipes. Are sweet potatoes driving chickpeas from hummus?

The conservative in me says go slowly here. The peoples of the Levant have been making hummus with chickpeas for upwards of three  thousand years – in fact, ever since food processors were invented.

Neither lightly discard the chickpea nor blithely underestimate the sweet potato.

Tuberous root, or legume and pulse? It’s a hummus question.

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