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Farrah's Hummus Wrap is an exciting flavour that combines chickpea, lemon juice and real garlic pieces to bring a full flavour to every bite. Every wrap has softness you can feel and smooth edges you can see. We have brought Hummus to the range in a whole new way so that you can keep exploring with Farrah's meal after meal.
Wheat flour, water, chickpea flour, vegetable oil [with antioxidant (307)], garlic puree, lemon juice (from concentrate), natural garlic flavour, rice flour, salt, emulsifier (471), raising agents (500, 450, 341), preservatives (282, 200), acidity regulator (297), dextrose, stabilisers (466, 415), enzymes, citric acid.
• This product is manufactured on equipment that also produces products containing sesame seeds and soy.
• Halal Certified
• Dairy Free
• Yeast Free
• New Zealand made
Having already tried the Caramelised Onion wraps, I was keen to give the hummus ones a go, particularly as I am quite a fan of hummus. As with the previous Farrah's wraps that I tried, these ones were soft, easy to roll and didn't break or fall apart like some I've tried in the past. The adults tried these out as a lunch item, filling them with lettuce, tomato, cheese and venison salami (this is reviewed separately) . Master 7 had one with lettuce, cheese and ham and it was devoured pretty quickly, given he is normally a very fussy eater, I was pleased! Personally, I can't say I really noticed a distinctive flavour, to me they actually tasted like a plain wrap, I wouldn't have picked them as being hummus if it weren't for the packet.
Calorie count is something that is important to me and these are a little higher on the calorie side than I generally prefer (surprisingly similar to the caramelised onion) but when stuffed full of salad ingredients balances out the calories. Overall, I would say that these are rather nice but given the cost and lack of noticeable flavour, they wouldn't be my first choice. However as Master 7 liked them, I would consider buying them if I saw them on special.
On first opening the packet, I could smell the lemon above anything else - it was strong and slightly sweet, totally obscuring any other flavours that might be in there. This did not really matter as I often find that with hummus - the added flavours usually take over, and the hummus base is lost in the mix. I intended to use the wraps with different fillings anyway so although I did try a little on its own, it did not have a very strong effect. It was what I planned to do next that would make the difference.
We were on the road so I had purchased readymade salads and other items which could be used to assemble the wraps when we stopped for our meal. There was no means of heating the wraps but this did not really matter - I have had Farrahs wraps on other occasions and they are just as nice cold. There were six of us to share the almost-six wraps (because I had taken an exploratory bite out of mine!) so I combined two different fillings, rolled the wraps, and then cut each one in half so that each person could have two different versions.
The first mix was smoked seafood (mussels, kahawai, and tarakihi) mixed with mayonnaise, chopped tomatoes and shredded lettuce. I secured the three wraps with skewers at both ends before halving them as the fish pieces were quite big, but I knew from previous experience that the wraps would not break. However, they might unroll, so I knew to take steps to prevent this from happening.
The second mix was prawn cocktail (made with thousand island dressing) with chopped chives, couscous salad with raisins and pine nuts, and the chopped lettuce and tomato left over from the first three wraps. These wraps got the same treatment, and we then put a half wrap of each variety on to everyone's plate. After that I waited for the feedback!
There was a long silence as everyone concentrated on the food. There was a lot of satisfied grunting going on but not much else. Finally one of the men spoke up. He is Kai Tahu and considers himself something of an expert on fish, so I was interested in hearing what he had to say. But it was obviously going to be good as he was grinning at me. The upshot of that was that he had not spoken earlier because he could not decide which one he preferred - they were both good. As for the wraps, he said they often have wraps at home because they are so convenient, but he had not tasted this variety before and thought it went really well with the smoked fish particularly as the lemon-garlic flavour stood out.
After that everyone else offered their opinions. It appeared we all agreed. While the wraps did not have a lot of flavour on their own, they went perfectly with both lots of fish. It appeared that the combination actually enhanced the flavour of the wraps as well! So success all round, and a product that more people will be looking out for next time they are off to the supermarket.
I love hummus. I have on occasions eating half a kilo of hummus in one sitting. The texture and the garlic flavour have always been a great combination, and very helpful in giving me a way to make carrots and celery sticks more enjoyable to eat. So naturally, I was curious to see how the hummus flavours and textures were passed on to this wrap variety.
As is the case with Farrah's consistent packaging, the pack comes with six servings, housed in a plastic resealable package, and a clear front to be able to view the product in the store before purchasing it. Oddly, the description above mentions a flavour that combines real garlic pieces, and yet there are none visible in the product, and the ingredients mention garlic puree (not exactly what I would call pieces).
Opening up the packet, there is a tangy aroma and flavour, most likely from the lemon juice. The product doesn't have any noticeable visual aspects to it; no herbs, and no difference in colouration. This would make me think that the effectiveness of the hummus variety must be all in the flavour. Unfortunately, the end result was lacklustre. Eating the wrap alone with no fillings to confuse the flavours, I could certainly get a bit of sweetness from the lemon juice, but there was very little flavour. After eating the whole wrap, I noticed that my breath had a little bit of the garlic aftertaste going on, but I hadn't received any of the enjoyment of a garlic flavour, just a slight hint on the breath after.
As someone that loves his garlic, I was hoping for a stronger flavour. when I saw garlic puree and garlic flavouring in the ingredients list. At least they named the variety "hummus" and not "garlic hummus", but the flavours were just far too subtle for me. I'll stick to the garlic butter variety. It's not bad (it's obviously a step up from plain wraps), but not enough for me to warrant buying them when there are other options available.
To be honest I am not the biggest fan of hummus at all, this is due to the texture of hummus rather than the flavour. When I saw that these had come up for review I decided that I wanted to give them a try as Miss 4 is the biggest hummus fan out there and I decided that in wrap form the flavours would probably go fine and I would be able to eat them, after all when it comes to Farrah's there is no such thing as a bad tasting wrap!
I am really pleased that I got to try the hummus flavoured wraps as they taste amazing, with all of the flavours that you would expect from a hummus style dip but without the weird texture associated with hummus which is what makes me dislike it so much. I was actually very surprised by just how much flavour I could taste in each bite of these wraps, there was a definite lemon scent to them, and a very garlic and chickpea flavour, with a lemony after taste, which at the same time seemed to really bring to life the flavours from the chickpeas and the garlic! Reading the packaging I found that these wraps are in fact made using chickpea flour which explains why they really do taste like hummus!
I decided to try these wraps out in several different ways firstly I cut the wraps into small rounds to use as pastry in mini quiches that I was making, I used them to line some muffin tins and then filled these with a mixture of beaten egg, cheese, salami, tomato, onion and capsicums. I found that the wraps worked really well for this purpose as they didn't go soggy and as they were already cooked all I needed them to do was crisp up which they did perfectly. These tasted great however the strong hummus flavour I had previously tried was somewhat gone.
Next up I used the wraps to prepare lunch for work, I added some mayonnaise to the wrap and then added some shaved ham, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and cheese and wrapped it all up. I couldn't believe how much I could actually still taste the hummus flavours even with the other strong tasting ingredients, I was even more surprised when once I had finished my lunch that I had the strongest hummus after taste! Miss 4 enjoyed a mini wrap of the same style for her lunch also and said it was delicious, to be honest this was one of the first times I have actually seen her polish off a whole wrap, so it must have been good, in her words "this is the best wrap ever!".
As far as wraps go Farrah's have once again hit the nail on the head, great quality wraps which don't rip, break or tear and which are extremely versatile. While this isn't my favourite wrap in the range it is one I would happily buy again if my favourite varieties were not in stock, if you are a hummus fan however this may be right up your alley.
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