Saturday 24 March 2018

Taste test Flavoured Hummus

Katy McGuinness

Once seen as something for vegetarians only, hummus is everywhere now. We tested a few of the different flavours available in our local food store. Each hummus is made in Ireland and produced on a small scale, which means they are more expensive than supermarket own brands.

Old MacDonnells Farm, Red Chilli & Coriander, 220g, €2.99, 9/10

The more mature among our testers remember this hummus being around decades ago. The cheapest of the versions that we tested, and in the biggest tub, this rough and rustic hummus was our testers' favourite, with enough chilli and coriander to keep things interesting, without being overpowering or being too spicy for children.

Harvest Moon, Roasted Red Pepper, 180g, €3.95, 8/10

Our testers enjoyed this Mayo-made hummus, with its assertive flavour of roasted red peppers and subtle spicing. It's also a lovely colour.

The Happy Pear, SWEET BEET, 180g, €3.49, 8/10

Quite an alarming shade of pink, but once our testers got over that they enjoyed the sweetness of this beetroot-flavoured hummus. Good for sandwiches, as a dip or as an addition to a salad plate.

Laragh Stuart, Red Pepper Chilli, 170g, €3.75, 7/10

This hummus tastes very lemony at first, then follows through with red peppers, and finishes with a serious chilli burn that some of our testers found too much. Not for the faint-hearted, but good if you like a full-on chilli hit.

Cabots of Westport, Roasted Beetroot & Sage, 200g, €3.79, 7/10

We assumed that this was hummus because it was on the same shelf as all the other tubs of hummus, and it looks like a tub of beetroot hummus, but it turned out to contain neither chickpeas nor tahini, so it isn't a hummus at all. That said, it's quite pleasant, with a sweet earthy taste cut through by balsamic, and would work well as a dip or as an accompaniment to cheese.

Irish Independent

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