Why Hummus Will Likely Become More Expensive

Creamy, savory hummus is such a versatile food that it has gained many fans from all age groups all over the world. Made primarily from chickpeas, which are also called garbanzo beans, hummus' origin likely lies in 13th century Egypt, according to The Spruce Eats, although that fact is up for debate. What is not being questioned is the growing popularity of the legume. In 2021, 18.7 million tons of chickpeas hit the world market and that number is predicted to increase to a total of 25.1 million tons by 2027, according to data from IMARC

Some of the most popular uses for chickpeas, in addition to hummus, are in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine such as in curries, soups, and stews. A basic recipe for hummus calls for chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, garlic, and lemon, although many variations are available, including options with herbs, extra garlic, and spices.

With the typical recipe for homemade hummus calling for 1 pound of chickpeas, the price to make it is something to take into account. And, unfortunately, like most other crops around the world, chickpea prices are increasing (via Reuters).

War and weather is impacting chickpeas

Two main factors are affecting the cost of chickpeas: Russia's war against Ukraine and weather (via Reuters). And, according to the report, the world's supply of the legume is expected to decline by about 20% in 2022.

Middle East Eye says that weather has impacted the chickpea crop in the U.S., which ships the crop worldwide and is the fourth largest exporter on the globe. Reuters says that due to spring conditions, farmers had to push seeding of crops later, and as a result, focused more on wheat and corn.

Ukraine, which is also an exporter of chickpeas, had its crop impacted by the war with Russia and hasn't been able to plant as many chickpea plants as in the past, reports Middle East Eye. Sanctions on Russia are another favor for chickpeas because the country contributes about 25% of the crop to the world market. Navneet Singh Chhabra, director of Shree Sheela International told Middle East Eye, that Ukraine hasn't been able to export about 50,000 tons of chickpeas to Europe like it normally does.

How much more can you expect to pay for hummus? After reviewing data from NielsenIQ, Reuters said prices for chickpeas have increased 12% compared to 2021, and 17% more since the start of the pandemic.