August 17, 2011

Brothers work so hard,
it makes their hummus sing

By Avery Yale Kamila
Staff Writer

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Brothers Ariel and Amit Glazer in the Portland kitchen where they make Ariel’s Hummus.

Photos by Avery Yale Kamila/Staff Writer

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The hummus comes in three varieties, two of which are shown here: The Original and The Original with Extra Goodness on Top.


MADE BY BROTHERS Ariel and Amit Glazer, Ariel's Hummus comes in three varieties, which sell for $4.50 for an 8-ounce package. The brothers also make fresh pita bread, although the supply is limited. In addition, Ariel's Hummus provides catered meals that feature hummus, falafel, babaghanoush, Israel diced salad and tabouli. Find Ariel's Hummus at:

Bow Street Market, Freeport

Freeport Farmers Market, Fridays from 2 to 5:30 p.m. in Discovery Park on the L.L. Bean campus

Jordan's Farm, Cape Elizabeth

Lois' Natural Marketplace, Scarborough

Royal River Natural Foods, Freeport

Portland Farmers Market, Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monument Square

For more information, call 671-5808.

"Israel is a new country, and the culture is in the making," Amit said.

This evolving culture is heavily influenced by its Middle Eastern neighbors, and when it comes to hummus, it's common to find numerous ethnic varieties for sale in any Israeli town. For instance, Lebanese hummus tends to have more greens and a zestier flavor, while Egyptian hummus is typically made with black beans and served with an egg on top.

Once he arrived in Maine, Amit was taken aback by the strange flavor combinations of American supermarket hummus, such as roasted red pepper or even, oddly enough, pizza hummus.

"I'm sure the Israelis and all the Arab countries can agree there is no such thing as pizza hummus," Amit said, jokingly.

Could hummus be the solution to Middle Eastern peace? We'll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, the Glazer brothers are committed to making the best hummus in Maine.

And despite the unlikely career path, Ariel said hummus making and investment banking, known for its notoriously grueling work schedule, are rather similar.

"The hours are not so different," Ariel said.

He paused before adding, "Well, actually, I think I work more here."


Staff Writer Avery Yale Kamila can be contacted at 791-6297 or at:



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