Morocco is known for the famed Sahara Desert, exquisite architecture, and flavorful dishes, including couscous, chicken bastilla, and tagine. With contrasting flavors deep in color and rich in taste, Moroccan food is nothing short of a global icon. That is why we are fired up to introduce this month’s blend–RawSpiceBar’s Ras El Hanout Blend. Offering an earthy mix of cinnamon, cumin, coriander, allspice, black pepper, turmeric, and ginger, this month’s spice blend will have you requesting Moroccan-inspired dinners every week.
Hats off to Hanout
Translated to “head of shop” or “top shelf,” Ras el Hanout is considered the best spice that shopkeepers can offer. And for good reason! Woody, pungent, and warm, Ras el Hanout can be used to create any popular Moroccan meal, including the sweet-and-spicy mrouzia dish, delicious couscous tfaya, various tagine dishes, and more.
A Little Ras el Hanout History
Picture it: Sijilmasa, Middle Ages. Caravans were caravanning, camels were clopping, and spices were being traversed this way and that. Occasionally, the dromedaries carrying the spices would scuffle, causing spices to fall onto the ground and mix together. Instead of considering this a spice waste, the merchants saw an opportunity to mix all of the spices into one bottle and sell it as an exclusive “artfully crafted” blend. The result? High demand for Ras el Hanout from Cairo to Damascus. Talk about a solid marketing campaign.
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