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How to Use Berbere Spice Blend

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." 

History of Berbere Spice Blend

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.

What is Berbere Spice Blend?

Berbere is a spice with its roots in Ethiopia and prevalent in Eritrea and other countries in the Horn of Africa.

2020 Saffron Harvest in Herat

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.

Rumi Guide To Berbere

Have you heard of berbere, the fiery and peppery spice blend prevalent in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine? Learn all about the history, uses, & dishes of berbere in our guide.

Olive Wood Artisans of Tunisia

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.

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Send your friends and loved ones thoughtfully packaged gifts of flavorful spices and blends that will inspire and bring joy to their kitchens and do good in the world.

5 Tips to Celebrate a Socially Distant Holiday Together

  For many, the most wonderful time of the year will be less traditional and more socially distant. Fewer people plan...

3 Ways to Toast Whole Spices For Aromatic & Robust Flavors

There's Only One Reason to Toast Your Spices Toasted spices taste better. Toasting is an absolute must-do if you wan...


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.

What is Fennel?

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.

The Rumi Guide to Baharat

Have you heard of baharat, the essential, all-purpose Middle Eastern & Mediterranean spice blend? Learn all about the history, uses, & dishes of baharat in our definitive guide.

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