People can’t get enough of hummus, and for good reason: Traditionally made from a blend of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and other spices, hummus is a good source of plant-based protein and fiber, it’s naturally dairy- and gluten-free and it ranks as one of the tastiest, healthiest snacks to grab.
If you’ve tasted the hummus at Olio and fallen in love, you’re in luck: Directly across the street at Ben Poremba’s specialty market, AO&Co., you can pick up a container of the perfectly prepared hummus to go. Incredibly rich and ineffably smooth, the classic hummus atop fresh pita bread is one indulgence you don't have to feel guilty about. bengelina.com
Cuban-style beans take center stage at Del Carmen, founded in St. Louis in 2009. Using non-GMO black beans, it makes a mean black bean hummus – creamy and delicious, with a distinct tahini flavor. Cuban-American owner Estrella “Estie” Cruz-Curoe draws on her roots for this recipe and more; stop in the frozen section of Local Harvest Grocery, Whole Foods Market or other St. Louis-area locations to get your first taste and join Cruz-Curoe in “an enlightened state of bean.” delcarmenfoods.com
Since 2014, United Provisions in The Loop has been providing an international grocery experience to St. Louisans. However, did you know it also makes hummus in-house? Pick up the simply crafted spread in the grab-and-go section of the store – but keep in mind that many days it does sell out. unitedprovisions.com
Oasis Food Products
A family-owned and operated Kansas City-based company since 1998, Oasis Food Products handcrafts and delivers exceptional hummus. As it says, “Hummus is the name of our game and local is how we play it.” Mo’s World’s Greatest Hummus comes in seven different flavors, including original, cucumber, sun-dried tomato and Indian curry – good luck choosing a favorite. For a complete list of retailers that sell Mo’s hummus, visit facebook.com/moshummus.
The Hummus Co.
Freshness is key at The Hummus Co., based in Kansas City. Owner James Gardner and his team make all of their hummus by hand, in small batches, to ensure the best flavor in every tub. Found in area grocery stores, The Hummus Co. hummus comes in more traditional flavors, such as lemon-garlic, featuring a zesty hit of citrus, and roasted red pepper, with a hint of lime juice to spruce it up. For the more eclectic, there’s also basil-chive, smoky chipotle and jalapeño-lime. thehummusco.com