Hummus in 70% of Israeli refrigerators, poll shows

More than 90 per cent of Israelis eat hummus at least once a week, but only 9 per cent of Israelis view the chickpea spread as a symbol of Arab-Jewish coexistence, a new survey says. (Shutterstock)

More than 90 per cent of Israelis eat hummus at least once a week, but only 9 per cent of Israelis view the chickpea spread as a symbol of Arab-Jewish coexistence, a new survey says. (Shutterstock)

(JTA) – More than 90 per cent of Israelis say they eat hummus at least once a week, and nearly 70 per cent currently have some in their refrigerator.

A survey conducted by the Geocartography Institute for credit card company Diners Card and the Hummus Abu Ghosh restaurant also found that more than half of Israelis like wiping their hummus in a circular motion with a pita and just nine percent see the popular chickpea spread as a symbol of Arab-Jewish coexistence, Haaretz reported Monday.

The survey was designed to coincide with Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, which begins at sundown Wednesday. It appears to be the first such survey of Israelis’ hummus habits.

Five hundred people considered a representative sample of Israel’s adult population were surveyed, researchers said.

Other findings included that five per cent of Israelis eat hummus six times a week and that 60 per cent buy their hummus at grocery stores, while 15 per cent prefer hummus restaurants and 13 per cent make the dip themselves.

Israelis over the age of 55 were more likely than their younger compatriots to make their own hummus.

Tahini topped the list of favorite hummus toppings (38 per cent), followed by whole cooked chickpeas (23 per cent).

Haaretz did not report the survey’s margin of error.

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