Morocco’s cuisine has been inspired through thousands of years by traders, nomads, bedouins, robbers and conquerers. The Berbers are the original population of the country and many dishes come from or are inspired from here. The Moroccan cuisine is ranked high in the world by gourmets.
The Moroccan meals are healthy and fresh. It is made from scratch – every day. Fresh vegetables are bought from the vegetable market the same day as it is used. The meat is slaughtered the same day as it is cooked. The spices, herbs, nuts, fresh and dried fruits are not packed in unnecessary and environmental harmful plastic.
Morocco’s food culture varies from place to place. The country has a long coastline toward the Atlantic Ocean and fresh fish is one of the most important commodoties. And the grilled, fresh fish tastes just wonderful. However, in the inland it is not common to eat fish.
Appetizers are usually soups or salads with cooked and raw vegetables served together in a colorful union.
Couscous are Morocco’s national dish. It is small grains made of durum wheat and tastes like semolina. It is traditionally cooked in a steamer which is put on top of large, boiling pot with vegetables and meat. A traditional couscous should have at least 7 different vegetables, for example; carrots, eggplants, zucchinis, pumpkins, onions, tomatoes, peas, potatoes, chickpeas.
The Moroccans love their tagine. There are many different tagine dishes, varied with vegetables, meat, spices, herbs and dried fruits and it is cooked slowly for hours. The tagine pot is made from clay and has a lid shaped like a cone. This helps to keep the moisture inside the tagine during cooking and makes the food good and juicy.
Fresh bread is served to each meal; breakfast, lunch and dinner. The bread is round and flat and you break it into pieces as you eat.
Another popular dish is harira, which is a flavourful soup with meat, vegetables and rice. The soup is mostly served during the Muslims holy month of Ramadan.
Desserts are usually fresh fruit.
Tea is culture in Morocco. It is an honor to be invited for tea and it is served in a ritual manner. Tea is also called Berber whiskey.