Cous cous, chickpeas, chicken, turmeric and ginger are just some of the most frequently used ingredients in Moroccan cuisine and represent a mix of flavours that has derived from Morocco’s interactions and exchanges with different cultures such as Mediterranean, Arabic and Andalusian. Apart from the unique flavour of these ingredients, Moroccan cuisine offers lots of health benefits too.
Moroccan mint tea
The mint tea is part of Morocco’s tradition and hospitality rituals and a sign of a warm welcome to the house. Most people though are not aware of the health benefits it has to offer. It is a powerful antioxidant that can help you fight irritable bowel syndrome and indigestion. Its calming properties are a great way to end a stressful day or to relieve you from sleep deprivation. Some people say that it is also great for fighting allergies, too!
Turmeric is a yellow-orange powdered spice frequently used in Moroccan cooking. It gives food an orange and ginger scent, and is widely used in most Asian dishes. According to research, turmeric has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, which could potentially have an effect on cancer, diabetes and heart diseases.
Preserved lemons are an essential ingredient when making Moroccan tagines. Lemon peel consists of soluble pectin fibre, which can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels and can potentially reduce the risk of heart diseases. Lemons also contain high levels of Vitamin C and potassium, which lead to antioxidant properties as well as cell and blood vessel protection. Current studies are exploring the anti-carcinogenic properties of limonene, a type of phytochemical that can be found in the citrus fruit.
This North African food is often mistaken for a grain but it is actually made of durum wheat or semolina flour and has a wide variety of health benefits. Couscous has the ability to prevent certain types of cancer, improve cardiovascular health due to its high levels of selenium and protect you from conditions such as arteriosclerosis and strokes. Its antioxidant capabilities can also protect your immune system.
Ginger is one of healthiest and most delicious spices and is also used very often in Moroccan cuisine. This rhizome has lots of uses in alternative medicine, can treat forms of nausea and reduce muscle pains. It also has anti-inflammatory effects and can lower blood sugar. Finally, ginger can help treat chronic indigestion.
Moroccan cuisine, offers not only delicious meals full of oriental flavours but also ingredients that provide benefits for a healthy body and mind. It is easy to incorporate some of these ingredients in your daily cooking to give a kick to your diet and lifestyle!