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Gum Arabic in Morocco – Awerwar or Meska

In Morocco the word awerwar refers to gum arabic or acacia gum, the hardened sap of the Acacia senegal and Acacia seyal trees, which are common to sub-Sahara Africa as well as Arabia, Egypt and West Asia. Gum arabic may...

Mastic in Moroccan Cooking – Meska Horra

In Morocco, meska horra refers to mastic, the hardened resin from the mastic tree (Pistacia lentiscus), a small tree or shrub which is native to Greece and the Mediterranean basin. It’s worth noting that the...

Sellou Recipe – Sfouf or Zmita

Moroccan sellou, also called sfouf or less commonly zmita, is a rich, nutty confection of ground fried almonds, ground toasted unhulled sesame seeds, and browned flour. Flavored with cinnamon and anise and sweetened...