AMMAN — Jordan entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Saturday for the largest falafel weighing 74.75kg.
A representative from Guinness was present and confirmed that Jordan created the world’s largest falafel.
“This is a great achievement and a difficult record to beat for years to come. We welcome everyone who successfully took part in the family of Guinness World Record holders,” Annabel Lawady, adjudication manager at Guinness, said after announcing the results.
According to the Guinness World Book Record’s official website, the previous record was set last year in the US when a 23.95kg ball of falafel was made at the Santa Clarita Valley Jewish Food and Cultural Festival in California.
The world’s largest falafel was made by 10 chefs from the capital’s Landmark Hotel and was later offered as a starter during an iftar meal attended by 600 people.
“We invited people to attend this remarkable event. It is a nice opportunity for children and adults to watch the process of making the largest falafel,” said Samya Bader, a spokesperson from the Landmark hotel.
“It is a great honour for us. We are proud. Falafel is a part of our tradition and heritage and I am glad to see that we proved that,” said a participant at the event who did not want to be named.
According to a statement issued by the organisers, the record-breaking falafel was made using 80kg of chickpeas, 5kg of onions, 2kg of fresh parsley and coriander, 1.2kg of garlic, and was deep fried in 350 litres of vegetable oil.
“The falafel is a traditional Arabic food and so naturally this record should be held here. As a local hotel proud of its Jordanian roots, the Landmark Amman wanted to mark this special time of year by doing something truly extraordinary and bringing the falafel record to Jordan,” the statement quoted Landmarks Hotel Company General Manager Aysar Batayneh as saying.
This is the second time Jordan entered the Guinness World Records this year.
In May, the Jordan Tourism Board achieved the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest sand art structure.
The large bottle of layered coloured sand, displayed at the International Travel Exhibition in Berlin, was created to mark the 200th anniversary of the re-discovery of the historic city of Petra.