Food is a big part of our travel experience. Morocco was no exception. The country has influences from the Arab world and Europe and the food reflects that.
Drink mint tea
Alcohol is not readily available in Morocco but we didn’t miss it much during the hot afternoons/evenings where mint tea became a ritual. It is usually served in the typical tea pot and is available sweetened and unsweetened. We liked the unsweetened version better as it wasn’t too sweet.
A variation to the traditional mint tea, was a brilliant mint lemonade served chilled which we tried at Cafe Clock in Fez. Highly recommend it
Throughout the country the most ubiquitous food is Tajine. Tajine is a Berber dish named after the earthen pot in which it is cooked. Generally, it is a slow cooked stew with meat and/or vegetables in the special earthen vessel. We tried some at Ozoud Falls and the portions were huge. 1 of the pots served 4 of us.
In Marrakesh, we tried some Gourmet Tajine and it was fantastic. We tried a beef tajine with onions, plums and egg and a chicken tajine with onions and cashew at Cafe Chegrouni overlooking Djemaa el Fna. The caramelized onions in both added a great flavour to the whole dish. The portions were smaller but the taste was special.
Traditional lentil soup (Harira)
Harira is the traditional soup that can be had as an appetizer or a main (larger portion). It was one of those dishes which looks unspectacular but tastes great.
Eat snails at a street vendor
Eat a bowl of snails for 2-3 dh on the streets of Marrakesh, Fez or Chefchaoun. We tried some in Chefchaoun and enjoyed it thoroughly. The texture takes a little getting used to and is a bit gelatinous. It was served with a broth on the side to which the vendor asked us to add chili flakes. The combination was delicious.
The northern part of Morocco (Chefchaoun and above) is famous for it’s goat cheese. We tried some bread with the goat cheese and honey and it was delicious. It was at a small non-touristy restaurant. Communication was hard but at the end we got a chance to try something we hadn’t seen on the menu at bigger restaurants
Found on the cactus plants all over the country, the prickly pear is quite refreshing. We tried some while walking around the medina in Fez and at 1 dh it was tempting to eat many more. The fruit is fleshy and doesn’t have a strong flavour. Make sure you don’t touch the thorns and the vendor serve you.
Not as sweet as the Coke in the US and also less fizzy, but perfect for the hot afternoons.