Ras el Hanout (North Africa) Curry-like with a spicy kick, Ras el Hanout is floral and fragrant with subtle nuances of the sweet aromatics. Possessing an overall robust, earthy flavor, this blend is extremely versatile, adding a golden color and an enticingly aromatic flavor to food.
Background: A complex mélange of many spices, this blend is essential to the cooking of the Maghreb, a region of North Africa comprising the countries of Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria. Literally translated “the head of the shop,” or “specialty of the house,” a good Ras el Hanout is one of the finest examples of how a diverse variety of spices can meld to create an ingredient that is greater than its individual components, and where no single spice predominates.
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