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Travel Guide: Morocco Food & Drink

12th Oct 2011 1:52am | By Editor

Sweet and spicy, Moroccans are proud of their food.

Food

Tagine

The name of both the stew itself and the conical dish used to cook it, tagine is a stew of vegetables, fruits, nuts and meat cooked slowly over a charcoal fire and is typically eaten with bread.

Couscous

A native Berber dish made from semolina flour which all visitors to Morocco get to know, such is it's popularity. The tiny semolina balls are usually seasoned and topped with a rich stew.

Pastilla

A type of pie made with a flaky pastry not unlike filo it is usually filled with chicken or pigeon together with a lemony sauce and almonds. It's a special occasion dish so you'd be well advised to try it if it's offered.

Sweets

Moroccans love their sweets and pastry which range from the French influenced to the decidedly Arabic sticky sugared treats

 

Drink

Mint tea

Sweet mint tea is a constant characteristic of life in Morocco and you'll be offered it not only in cafes and restaurants but every time you make a purchase in the souk (market) or make a new friend.

Alcohol

Islam forbids the drinking of alcohol, but it is still widely available in Morocco especially in restaurants and in tourist centres.

NB: the 'legal' drinking age is 18

 

Water

It's not safe to drink the water in Morocco, so get used to using bottled water to slack your thirst and even to brush your teeth.