Falafel has always been a good source of protein thanks to its chickpea content. It could be even more nutritional with the new Israeli varieties. (Shutterstock.com)
Falafel has always been a good source of protein thanks to its chickpea content. (Shutterstock.com)

In case you didn’t know, Falafel Day is on June 12 and to celebrate all you need to do is eat a deep-fried ball of mashed chickpeas, fava beans and herbs.

Israeli entrepreneur Ben Lang, of MapMe, created the international foodie day to “connect the world through falafel.” There’s an interactive map, a website and Facebook page.

“I started it for same reason as Hummus Day, to get people around the world to talk about falafel and share their love for it,” Lang tells ISRAEL21c. He adds that he also kick-started the day, “mostly as a fun side project.”

And falafel aficionados the world over are only too happy to take part, posting their favorite photos of the traditional Middle Eastern deep-fried patty and where they like to chow down. Fans from Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt — not traditionally Israel’s best friends — are extremely active on the Falafel Day page, which Lang tells ISRAEL21c is “super cool.”

There’s a post that asks, “Where will you be celebrating Falafel Day from?” and answers include New Zealand, Sweden, Syria, Poland, Israel, Turkey, Jordan and a whole range of other locations.

Lang’s mission was to create a “day in which the entire world celebrates falafel by eating it.” So, what are you waiting for? Go out and celebrate!

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