Often described as hot and spicy, berbere can be substituted in recipes calling for chili powder since it adds earthy, aromatic, and slightly sweet flavoring. Although its origins are North African, the spice works well in Italian and Mexican recipes that require some "heat."
The Ethiopian roots of berbere go deep into its history. Today we know Ethiopia as a land-locked country. Two thousand years ago, it was part of the Aksum kingdom, which included parts of modern day Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, and southern Saudi Arabia. More importantly, it bordered the Red Sea.
Every fall, farmers and workers utilize great skill and knowledge to harvest and process premium Rumi Spice Afghan saffron - known as one of the highest in quality in the world. Learn more about the 2020 saffron harvest in Herat.
The craft of olive wood working in Tunisia is tied to the history of olive cultivation that goes back thousands of years to ancient Carthage. Learn more about the history and important role olives play in the daily life and culture of Tunisians.
From Indian garam masala to Ethiopian berbere, the little beige to green coriander has been used by different food cultures worldwide for its versatile, bittersweet citrus flavor. Learn why whole coriander is a must-have spice for your pantry.
Fennel is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. This verdant little seed is prized for both its unique flavor profile and versatility in global cuisine. Learn why fennel should be on of your pantry staples.