In 2010, Lebanon and Israel entered war again. But it was a different kind war, not one fought with rockets and bullets but rather with plates and spatulas. During that war, the two countries one upped each other for the world's record for the largest plate of hummus.
Neighboring Jordan watched the war with amusement, but now they decided to join the culinary battlefield with an achievement of their own. On Saturday, Jordan entered the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest falafel weighing 74.75 kg.
The Jordan Times daily reported that the world’s largest falafel was prepared by ten chefs from one of the capital Amman's hotels, and was later offered as a starter during an iftar meal attended by 600 people.
“It is a great honor for us. We are proud. Falafel is a part of our tradition and heritage and I am glad to see that we proved that,” one participant told the newspaper.
The previous record for the largest falafel ball was 23.94 kg. According to the official website of Guinness, that record was set at the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food and Cultural Festival held in California on May 15, 2011.