Morocco has long been the most popular destination for tourists looking to visit North Africa, as one of the most beautiful and stable nations in the region. Many flock to Morocco for the pristine beaches and the fascinating cultural history, but just as enticing is the range of flavoursome street food that has come to define destinations such as Marrakech.
A wide range of locally produced, tasty food is an important selling point for travellers hoping to minimise their environmental impact and immerse themselves in local culture, making Morocco an ideal destination for eco-travellers.
The country’s signature dish, which has now been exported across the globe, is the tajine, a steam-cooked stew that is slowly produced in an earthenware pot. As the national dish, it should come as no surprise that tourists will be able to find a significant variety of tajines available on the streets of Morocco, although the majority are likely to be meat based.
Lamb and mutton tajines or likely to be served with prunes and almonds, whilst chicken based dishes tend to come with olives and lemon – but visitors with a little more time on their hands will be able to find places that specialise in producing fish-based or vegetarian tajines.
Street vendors will usually charge little more than the equivalent of £3 for a tajine dish, but it can still pay to be a little more discerning in the selection of where to buy from, particularly as there is unlikely to be a lack of choice in major cities. If a vendor appears to be popular amongst locals then that can be a good sign that the quality of their produce is of a high standard.
For those who don’t fancy sampling a traditional Moroccan tajine dish, an alternative staple of local street food is harira, a thick and nutritious soup that is often eaten early in the day. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims in Morocco often break their fast with a bowl of harira soup thanks to the nutrition that it provides and its extremely filling quality.
Some street food vendors specialise in this soup – often indicated by a pile of bowls outside. Traditional Moroccan harira comprises tomatoes, lentils, chickpeas and lamb and is often served with a chebakkiya, a sweet pretzel that offers a sharp contrast to the richness of the soup.
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