Cahiers de hoummous: chickpea shortage looming, discipline advised

In the past 10 years, domestic demand for chickpeas in the United States has gone from less than 47,000 tons to nearly 200,000 tons a year. Between 2015 and 2016 alone, demand doubled. From 2016 to 2017, US acreage planted in chickpeas increased by an estimated 86%.

In 2017, Americans ate 1.85 pounds of chickpeas apiece, up from 1.21 pounds the year before.

Now, there is word of shortages — droughts in the US and India. Prices rising,

Have we overdone this hummus thing?

Chickpea discipline is needed.  Roll your own. Don’t eat too much. Wait until next season. (Pray for rain?)

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  • Midlaw  On June 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I’ve been thinking about this. Somebody is eating more than his or her share. Has to be. You know who you are. Listen. I don’t blame you. I understand. Really, I do. But we are all in this together. So, MidLaw is hereby issuing this challenge: For 2018, let’s all limit ourselves to a pound-and-a-half of chickpeas apiece. OK? Next year … we’ll see what happens.


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