This weekend, Lebanon unveiled the Guinness World Record's largest platter of hummus. The massive hummus (above, left) weighed in at 10,452 kilograms.
The world record was a slap in the face to Israeli hummus advocates, who created a giant 4,090 kiloggram serving of hummus in a satellite dish (above, right) as recently as January.
"It is more than about the Guinness World Record. It is about proving that hummus is Lebanese," said Chantal Tohme, organizer of the super-hummus event. "Because it is being promoted as a non-Lebanese dish, and as an Israeli traditional dish, and it is not. And if we go back to history we see that it came from Lebanon."
While this latest food battle is over (for the time being), the culture war continues. The Lebanese chef responsible for this weekend's hummus record now says that preparing the largest-ever plate of falafel is his next goal.