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Taste test: roasted red pepper hummus

Roasted red pepper hummus with a Greek spread of olives, carrot and celery sticks, and sea salt pita chips on a rustic wood table.

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Roasted red pepper hummus with a Greek spread of olives, carrot and celery sticks, and sea salt pita chips on a rustic wood table.

When a member of our panel started noticing a lot of new hummus flavors on the market, we decided to try roasted red pepper in honor of the impending fall season of toasty flavors. Even though we have few seasons in Florida, our tasters enjoy seasonal foods. In hummus, they were looking for a spicy blend with bold color and flavors. They found that in this week's top pick.

Kathy Saunders, Times correspondent

Product/Score

(out of 100)
Boar's Head 90Publix 61Cedar's 60
Judges'

comments
"This has great color and a really smart taste," said one panelist. "It's like Venice Beach in California on a boardwalk stroll before sunset." He added, "It would be great on toasted pita bread or chips." Another liked the attractive, medium orange hues of the mixture and the dab of chopped, roasted red peppers on top. "It's lively," she said. "It's tangy and tart with a little cumin and obvious tahini flavor." All the judges said it would be great party fare.The slightly chunky texture and nondistinctive color of this hummus were a turnoff for a couple of judges, but they said the taste was pretty good. "It really tastes like hummus with a nice hint of cumin and it has some body," said one taster. Panelists said they would have preferred a little more savory, garlic and red bell pepper flavors in the blend. Because of its strong vinegar and pepper tastes, judges suggested this hummus would be great on a blank canvas such as unsalted crackers or pita triangles. "It has good taste and color," said one panelist. Another appreciated the shiny appearance and smooth texture of the hummus, saying, "It's a good middle-of-the-road option that won't overpower other foods on the side."
Would

they buy?
All four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.Two of the four judges said yes.
Shopping information$4.49 for a 10-ounce container from Publix. $2.99 for an 8-ounce container.$4.99 for a 10-ounce container from the Fresh Market.


Also Sampled: Hummusphere ($4.99 for a 10-ounce container from the Fresh Market, 57 points); Trader Joe's ($2.99 for a 10-ounce container, 33 points); Tribe ($2.99 for an 8-ounce container from Winn-Dixie, 45 points); and Hope ($4.99 for an 8-ounce container from the Fresh Market, 16 points).

Panelists: Nan Jensen, registered dietitian; Bob Devin Jones, artistic director of Studio@620; Kay Hodnett, personal chef; and Laura Reiley, Times food critic. All foods were tasted blind.

Send suggestions for product testing to: Taste section, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731 or email them to mstark@tampabay.com. Please put TEST SUGGESTION in the subject line. To read past Taster's Choice columns, go to

tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/tastetest.



Serving sizeTwo tablespoonsTwo tablespoonsTwo tablespoons
Calories706050
Fat/Fiber5g / 1g5g / 2g3.5g / 1g
Sugars/Sodium1g / 135mg0g / 210mg0g / 120mg
Carbs/Protein4g / 2g4g / 1g4g / 1g

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