Moroccan cuisine is marked by rich flavors and vibrant colors, and herbs and spices are at the heart of that. Add some adventure to your next healthy weight-loss dish with one or a few of these Moroccan herbs and spices.
Tumeric: Tumeric is characterized by its bright yellow color and distinctive flavor. The flavor of turmeric can be described as a good mix between ginger and pepper. It is typically used in curries and sauces. Because of its color, it is used in Moroccan cooking to color rice dishes and tajine. Tajine is a slow-cooked Northern African stew that contains meat and vegetables.
Saffron: Considered one of the world’s most expensive spices, saffron is used to add color and flavor to curry, rice, and seafood dishes. Why is saffron so expensive? Saffron has to be harvested by hand, and it takes 225,000 stigmas of saffron to make one pound. Saffron is a great source of potassium and vitamin C.
Cinnamon: Many of us are used to using cinnamon in sweet dishes. In Moroccan cooking, cinnamon is used to enhance the flavor of meat dishes. It is also used to spice up side dishes, such as couscous. Cinnamon is loaded with health benefits. It not only helps naturally freshen breath but also helps fight diabetes and may help lower the risk of cancer.
Aniseed: Aniseed is a flowering plant native to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. Aniseed is sweet and aromatic and used in stews and baked bread in Moroccan cuisine. In other cultures, aniseed is added to beverages to give drinks flavor. In some instances, aniseed is used as an expectorant and to relieve an upset stomach.
Cayenne: Cayenne is a red, hot chili pepper that is similar in texture and flavor to the jalapeno. It is typically dried, ground, and sifted to create the cayenne powder typically used in Moroccan cooking. It may also be used in its whole form or sliced thin and placed in a vinegar-base. Cayenne has several health benefits, including anti-fungal properties, helps clear congestion, supports digestive health, and aids in healthy weight-loss. The main ingredient in cayenne pepper is capsaicin, which has been shown to help speed up metabolism and curb appetite.