World falafel record
The Israeli chef of the New York restaurant Olympic Pita used thousands of chickpeas, 40 liters of oil and a variety of spices to create the world's largest falafel ball on Friday.
Weighing in at 10.9 kilograms and with a circumference of more than a meter, the falafel ball is expected to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in the coming days.
Israel's latest record bid comes amid an ongoing 'war' with neighboring Lebanon over another chickpea product - hummus. On May 12 Lebanese chefs smashed Israel's record with a four-ton serving of the favorite Middle Eastern dip.
"The record set today is nothing compared to the goal we have set for ourselves for next year – the world's largest gefilte fish," said Israeli Consul General Asaf Shariv, who added that the record also kicked off a week's worth of Israel-related events in New York, including the annual Israeli day parade on Fifth Avenue.
The week, dubbed Israel week, was initiated by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York in cooperation with the New York municipality.
The parade, scheduled for Sunday, was expected to draw thousands of Israel supporters in New York. Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the NBA, was set to lead the procession alongside Israeli consulate staff.
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