Spice Cuisine: North African Spices Spices and Seasonings

From the famous souks of Morocco to highlands of Ethiopia, North Africa encompasses a range of flavors. Use these spices and blends to bring a taste of Africa to your kitchen, in Moroccan tagines, Ethiopian wats, and anything in between.

Thanks to it's location along the trade routes between the Middle East and Western Europe, North African cuisine has access to a wide variety of spices. The ones listed below are some of the most frequently used.

Ajowan Seeds

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Ajowan seed is also known as Ajwain seed and Carom. This spice is popular in southern Indian style cooking. It has a flavor reminiscent of thyme; a…

Baharat Seasoning

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Baharat means spices in Arabic, and this wonderfully complex blend has a unique balance of spicy flavors. Savory and slightly sweet, with a lingerin…

Berbere - Spicy Ethiopian Blend

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This spicy, aromatic blend brings the exotic flavors of Ethiopia and Eritrea to your kitchen. Essential for the famous wat stews from the headwaters …

Ceylon "True" Cinnamon, Whole or Ground

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Cinnamomum zeylanicum These tightly-rolled quills are very delicate. They feel like parchment paper, which you can break apart with your fingertips…

Coriander Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Coriander is a pleasantly sweet spice with a lemony top note. It is commonly used in chili and curry dishes. The coriander plant produces both a spic…

Indian Cumin Seed, Whole Or Ground

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Cumin is a crucial ingredient in several world cuisines. It has a unique and potent flavor crucial to Indian curries, where it's often roasted before…

Fenugreek Seeds, Whole Or Ground

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Fenugreek seeds are used mainly in Middle Eastern cooking. It is an ingredient in most curries and chutneys. Like fennel, fenugreek has been culti…

China "Number One" Ginger, Whole Root Or Powder

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Dehydrated Ginger root comes in whole and powdered form. It is very healthy and useful for baking, marinades and sauces. Once you find ginger creep…

Grains of Paradise

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Grains of Paradise come from West Africa, where they grow on a leafy plant and are easily harvested. The name comes from Medieval spice traders look…

Harissa

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Harissa is a common North African condiment made from chilies, oil, garlic, and spices. This traditional harissa is made on the Mahjoub family estat…

Moroccan Spice Mixture

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Moroccan Spice Mixture is an authentic blend of spices from the sunny Mediterranean. Made at the special request of Chicago's Field Museum of Natura…

California Sweet Paprika

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California paprika is ground from a beautiful, deep red hybrid pepper grown in California. Where traditional Hungarian sweet paprika has a slightly …

Ras El Hanout

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Ras El Hanout translates to "top of the shop", and represents the best blend a spice merchant has to offer. This is a traditional Arabic blend, commo…

Superior Grade Spanish Saffron

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Although other substitutes can provide a rich golden color, saffron has a distinctive flavor for which there simply is no substitute. Most recipes …

Spearmint Leaves, Organic

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Spearmint is the most popular mint used for cooking. Mint has been a valued plant since the ancient world. In mythology, a nymph named Mentha caugh…