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Moroccan cuisine is the culinary star of North Africa. Imperial and trade influence has been filtered and blended into Morocco's culture. Being at the crossroads of many civilizations, the cuisine of Morocco is a mélange of Arab, Berber, Moorish, French, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean African, Iberian, and Jewish influences. Moroccan cooking is enhanced with fruits, dried and fresh -- apricots, dates, figs, and raisins, to name a few. Lemons preserved in a salt-lemon juice mixture bring a unique face to many Moroccan chicken and pigeon dishes. Nuts are prominent; pine nuts, almonds, and pistachios show up in all sorts of unexpected places. Moroccan sweets are rich and dense confections of cinnamon, almond, and fruit perfumes that are rolled in filo dough, soaked in honey, and stirred into puddings. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fes, Meknes, Marrakech, Rabat and Tetouan refined Moroccan cuisine over the centuries and created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today. Spices are used extensively in Moroccan food. While spices have been imported to Morocco for thousands of years, many ingredients, like saffron from Taliouine, mint and olives from Meknes, and oranges and lemons from Fes, are home-grown. Common spices include karfa (cinnamon), kamoun (cumin), kharkoum (turmeric), skingbir (ginger), libzar (pepper) , tahmira (paprika), anis seed, sesame seed, kasbour (coriander), maadnous (parsley), zaafrane beldi (saffron) and mint.

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Morocco has an infinite variety of fig, almond, walnut and date trees. However, it is in the oasis of the south where date palms are king. Best grown in the South, Moroccan dates can be found hanging in bunches off palm palms (phoenix dactylfera) in the area between Goulmima to Zagora and within the entire Draa Valley. In Zagora, you can explore the enclosed gardens of the Ksar Tissergate, where over twenty-five different species of palm trees thrive. In Morocco, there exist over 100 varieties of dates and in the south over forty-five varieties.

Domain: Food (other); Category: International dishes

Marrocos tem uma infinita variedade de árvores de figo, amêndoa, noz e data. No entanto, é no oásis do Sul onde tamareiras é rei. Melhor cultivado no Sul, marroquinas datas podem ser encontradas pendurados cachos fora palmeiras de Palma (phoenix dactylfera) na área entre Goulmima Zagora e dentro de todo o vale do Draa. Em Zagora, você pode explorar os jardins fechados do Ksar Tissergate, onde crescem mais de vinte e cinco espécies diferentes de palmeiras. Em Marrocos, existem mais de 100 variedades de datas e o Sul mais de quarenta e cinco variedades.

Domain: Food (other); Category: International dishes

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