How to plant a hummus garden
- Garlic – Most hummus recipes call for some garlic. Garlic needs to be planted in the fall, so for this year’s hummus making, you’ll have to purchase it from the farmers market or store. But, if you end up making good use of the rest of your hummus ingredients from the garden this year, plan ahead to plant garlic in the fall. You’ll use it for so much more than just hummus.
- Lemons – If you live in a climate where you can grow citrus, consider growing lemons. Like the garlic, you’ll find many uses for the lemons you produce.
- Red bell peppers – Adding roasted red bell peppers to hummus gives it wonderful flavor. My Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is the one my friends ask me to make the most often. (FYI – I’ve started using smoked paprika instead of regular paprika in it – fabulous!)
- Onions – Caramelized onions (done in the slow cooker for ease) are a great ingredient for hummus. I add them in with black garlic, but roasted garlic could be substituted in my Black Garlic Caramelized Onion Hummus.
- Beets – I have been trying to appreciate the beet lately. Maybe I should try this Roasted Red Beet Hummus that MNN contributor Jerry James Stone created.
- Pumpkins – Yes, pumpkins — for this Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus.
- Rosemary – You’ll need it for the Pumpkin Rosemary Hummus.
- Grape Tomatoes – Oven-dried Grape Tomato and Basil Hummus was one of my hummus experiments that turned out very nicely a couple of years ago.
- Basil – If you’re going to grow anything, for any reason, basil is one of the first things I recommend. It's easy to grow, and fresh basil beats dried hands down. And, you’ll use it in so many summer recipes, including the Oven-dried Grape Tomato and Basil Hummus mentioned above.