A vendor displays chickpeas at a shop in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon, Friday, March 23, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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BEIRUT: Lebanon's newest crisis has nothing to do with politics, but concerns one of the country's most treasured dishes: hummus. A shortage of chickpeas – the primary ingredient for hummus – has rocked the world, and Lebanon has not been spared.Jabra added that India is the largest producer of chickpeas, but the beans are black, making them unlikely to be imported to Lebanon.Food importer Riachi Trading said that 1 kilogram of chickpeas cost $1.50 in 2017 ."We thought the increase was due to the increase in the VAT [from 10 to 11 percent]," said Charbel Bassil, head chef at the family-run Le Chef restaurant in Gemmayzeh.He added that everything seems to get more expensive in Lebanon, so he didn't pay much attention to the higher price of hummus. Jabra meanwhile said he expects that chickpeas will perform better this year, but there will still be a shortage because of rising demand.
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