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Why Moroccan Cuisine was Ranked First in the Arab World and Africa, and Second After France in 2012


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Moroccan food is exceptionally healthy and balanced. Morocco is located in the Mediterranean region. Therefore they have a Mediterranean diet. It is a predominant and significant part of Moroccan main dish or meal. This type of diet has been found to extend longevity and health promotion based on UNESCO’s research.

Moroccan food is an exceptional gift your five senses will adore when you visit the country. This is because Moroccan cuisine is well known for diversity and delicacy, and it is among the best in the world. Moroccan cuisine was ranked first in the Arab world and Africa, and it came second after France in 2012.

Moroccan Medeterian kinds of foods are the main component of Moroccan meals. They consist of:

  • Seasonings.
  • Fresh ready food.
  • All kinds of fruits.
  • Veggies and whole grains.

The most common dishes in Morocco are Couscous and Tajin. They remain a vital part of Morocco’s cultural heritage and legacy. The tasty mix of delicious flavours is what makes Moroccan food unique and distinct.

Other types of food and dishes that are served in Morocco are:

  • Fresh seafood.
  • Hummus, Shish kebab.
  • Moroccan mint tea, dates and figs.
  • Moroccan sweets and cakes.
  • Moroccan mixed salad, Vegetarian food.

Geographically, Morocco is in a very strategic place. Thus, Moroccan cuisine has been influenced by many different cultures for centuries.

Moroccan cuisine is a mixture of:

  • The Middle East type diet.
  • Moroccan Amazigh and Arabs.
  • The Mediterranean and Africa.

This how some cultures have influenced Moroccan cuisine:

  • Arabs presented lamb and sugary foods.
  • Jews added their marinated lemons olives.
  • Berber (Amazigh) communities introduced slow cooking over hot coal food.

This mix creates some of the most famous traditional Moroccan dishes worldwide. This is one reason why Moroccan food is an impressive mix of appearance flavours today. It is because of that vibrant mix of cultural backgrounds.

Whenever Moroccan cuisine is mentioned amongst tourists, it is mostly referred to as couscous and tajine. Yet, Moroccan cuisine is a lot more than just the two dishes. The types of dishes that exist in Morocco are endless.

These dishes share one desirable characteristic, which is mouth-watering flavours.

  • Slow-cooked meats.
  • Cooked vegetable salads.
  • Fresh fruits types of juices.
  • All kinds of homemade kind of bread.
  • Flaky pastries with orange-flower water.

There are so many fast-food eating habits that have been introduced to Moroccan culture.

Some of these fast food and snacks are:

  • Tacos, pizza.
  • Hot dogs, ice cream
  • Chips, pitas, hamburgers.
  • Fried Chicken, french fries.
  • Onion rings, chicken nuggets.

These types of food are mostly introduced to the younger generation in recent years. Thus, Morocco is experiencing what is called a diet shift. It is a change from a Mediterranean diet plan to hefty in sugar and high in fat, such as in fast food. Yet, the vast majority of Moroccans do not consume fast food.

Eating Food in Morocco.

Moroccans are well aware of cultural differences and are very understanding. Thus, they can accommodate visitors who prefer their way of eating. Yet, eating by hand all together in one big dish will surely give you a unique experience. This is an opportunity and experience that you would not have had a chance to otherwise experience in your daily life. Moroccans are very keen on keeping the hospitality level to the highest standard. Make the guests/tourist as comfortable as possible is their top priority.

Here are the eating habits that you may need to be aware of:

  • Washing hands before eating. Moroccans do not use silverware mostly when eating meals. It is cultural ways of eating from a communal dish using hands. Thus, they use bread as silverware to replace a fork or spoon.
  • Eating by the left hand is considered unclean. Yet, if you are left-handed, all you need to do is to let people you are visiting know. You will be just fine because they want you to be as comfortable as possible.
  • They do not use plates individually for a meal. Instead, they meal together from a large dish, especially when eating Tajin and Couscous. Yet, this is not to say that you are not allowed to eat using silverware.
  • Eating with the right hand and eating in a spot in front of you are the most appropriate and expected when eating food in Morocco.
  • Many etiquette rules will be helpful when dining with a Moroccan family. Some of these manners include:
  • If you want to really taste some of the authentic Moroccan foods, you would need to mingle with locals. Thus, If you have an invitation opportunity to somebody’s home, don’t miss this opportunity. It will genuinely give you an experience that will be memorable for the rest of your life.
  • You should eat from part of the dish that immediately in front of you. Try not to extend across the opposite side of the spot that is in front of you. The above expectations are mostly applicable when eating couscous or tajines. These two main dishes are prepared in a way that each person gets a little bit of everything from the served dish.
  • low carb. “Khobz,” which means bread, is the most frequently eaten together with most meals. Moroccans use bread for everything. They use it to eat tajines, salads, breakfast, snakes, and so much more. If you are gluten-free, you need to be extra vigilant in what you eat in Morocco.
  • Moroccans express their hospitality best by offering their guests the best piece of the dish. Thus, don’t be surprised if they use their hands to give you a piece of meat or a favourite vegetable. It is an honour and signifies their hospitality.
  • If you have any allergic reaction to certain foods, make sure you let people you are visiting and dining with know.


Moroccan cuisine is well known to have one distinct food source for its authentic ingredients, which the fresh, locally grown type of food source.

Most Moroccan food ingredients are cultivated from local farmers who do not use:

  • Pesticides.
  • Chemical fertilizers.
  • GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Most local farmers produce their food in smaller quantities and the old-fashioned way. Thus, you may not see organic certification and label on vegetables that you purchase. Yet, this does not mean the food source from the average small-scale Moroccan farmers is not organic. The processing of labelling and the technologies involved are too pricey, which is an expansive investment for small farmers.


Moroccan cuisine depends heavily on locally produced meat. The meat consumed in Morocco is mostly free-range, antibiotic-free. Thus, the meat of lamb, goat, mutton is so much tastier and appetizing in Morocco. This is because these animals scurry around in an open field. They scamper over mountains and valleys. Also, they are raised on a steady and wild herbs diet of grass. Some of the most common meat sources that serve as a base for Moroccan cuisine include beef, Goat, Seafood, Mutton, Lamb, Chicken and Camel.

Top 10 Moroccan Street food

Each region in Morocco has its way of cooking and preparing food. Yet, they are all authentic.

Check out this top 10 Moroccan Street food:

  • Harira.
  • Brochettes.
  • Bessara Soup.
  • Khobz (Bread).
  • Msamen Merguez.
  • Snails and snail soup.
  • Steamed Sheep Heads.
  • Chicken and beef Shawarma.

Written by Moroccan Legacy

Moroccan Legacy, your number one source, a distinguished, original and respected hub for all you need to know about Morocco.
Moroccan Legacy Inc was founded in Canada in 2013. It was founded for one mission: to provide and present the authentic legacy and culture of Morocco.

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