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More hummus, please: US chickpea acreage seen hitting record

Plantings are expected to climb 53% from the prior season to 498,000 acres, the US Department of Agriculture estimates

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Chickpeas are a key ingredient in hummus (above) and falafel and are also seen atop salads, ground into flour or packaged as a flavoured snack.

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THE hummus craze is hitting the heartland, with US farmers preparing to sow more chickpeas than ever before. Plantings are expected to climb 53 per cent from the prior season to 498,000 acres, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates. While the amount is minuscule

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