I have previously blogged - how I met some Candian tourists who had been told that New Zealand's national dish - is actually a spicy rub - Dukkah.
And to prove the point - dukkah.com is actually owned by Alexandra fine foods who are based in Auckland.
However on their website they do say that Dukkah is from the Middleeast - and was used by Camel Drivers to make bread more interesting. Basically they would roast spices/nuts. They would then dip their bread in olive oil and the Dukkah.