Tunisian and Moroccan food The Arabian delights set to become healthy trends
The future of healthy eating lies in the Middle East
Following the explosion of hummus and couscous across restaurant menus around the world, now other products, ingredients and recipes with seductive flavor and health benefits are coming to our tables. They're superfoods that can be found at any one of the numerous souqs in the markets of Tunisia or Morocco, countries already well aware of the benefits and flavors they bring to the Mediterranean diet. Are you inspired to try them?
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The fruit of this Mediterranean shrub has it all: attractive color, a wide range of properties and a versatile and authentic flavor. It's perfect as a ground spice for adding to marinades, seasoned meats or salad dressings as the berries have antiseptic properties, as well as many other benefits.
Za'atar is the perfect combination of Arab herbs and spices. While it has its origins in the Fertile Crescent, it is increasingly easy to find it in the shops and markets of Northern Africa having become the ultimate cocktail of Eastern aromas. It typically contains more or less equal amounts of hyssop, sumac, sesame seeds, oregano, thyme and fennel. The result is so tasty that it should be used only as a condiment on toast or served with aromatic breads in order to completely capture the dish.
Breads like manakish for instance
Manakish, a type of pita or other slightly fermented breads often form the base of the Arabic pizzas and toast dishes which provide the perfect complement to za'atar. These breads are also one of the healthiest substitutes for traditional loaves or baguettes since they are far lower in calories than typical Western breads.
Their hypnotic flavor and versatility make it the perfect addition to any salad, soup, or even a batter. Beyond adding distinguishing notes, this superfood is thought to lower cholesterol, making it a 2 for 1, unbeatable in taste and health.
Its flavor, striking color and distinctive bitter touch have seen it become the perfect choice to add a special something to pulses, rice and smoothies. But turmeric is also ideal for protecting your stomach, extending the life of your liver and strengthening bones.
This plant's tasty stem may not be quite such a stranger to Mediterranean cuisine. However, its use in paella and other rice dishes is merely the tip of the iceberg in terms of using red gold. Indeed, in the Arab world its standout use is in teas, while it's increasingly common to find a pinch added to all kinds of coffees. Beyond its common affinity with rice dishes, dairy products are this product's close friend and it's perfect for livening up desserts like rice pudding or a cheesecake. What's more, it's an ingredient that improves your memory, facilitates weight loss and has invigorating effects.
This paste made from smoked red peppers (most common version) is a product bursting with flavor and a must on any good Tunisian table. Furthermore, it's a natural additive which provides all the benefits of spice including its antiseptic, anticoagulant and antidepressant qualities.
This thick sauce made from sesame seeds is so much more than the key ingredient of all good humus. It is increasingly common to find it as the perfect appetizer in which to dip your pita bread. But it's also the perfect way to start the day, it's characteristic flavor is used in a blend with sweet syrup or jam in many Arab countries. Tahini is pure vegetable protein, in addition to boasting considerable levels of vitamin B and fatty acids such as omega 6 and omega 9.
This eggplant humus is much more than a gourmet alternative to the common chickpea paste. Replacing the pulses with this vegetable makes this appetizer (or main dish) high in potassium, magnesium, fiber and calcium.