Tunisian Food – Interesting Facts and Figures

Tunisia is a traveler’s paradise. A historic crossroads of several civilizations and influences – including Berber, Spanish, and French – Tunisia is a treasure trove of mementoes, photography and extremely delectable cuisines. Concentrating mainly on the Tunisian cuisine, it is startling how the foods stand out with their distinct taste.

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Enlisted below are some of the interesting facts about the local food of Tunisia.

  • Tunisia is Mediterranean, but the cuisine certainly isn’t

Tunisia has a thing for olive oil and sugar. However, with a soaring high rate of heart disease reported in the country, they don’t adhere to the almond and yogurt-laced Mediterranean diet. The basic and staple inclusion of a Tunisian meal is bread with additional carbohydrates like macaroni with potatoes, couscous, deep-fried potatoes and peppers mashed into a paste called kefteji, sandwiches stuffed with French fries and many more ruling the dining table.

  • Heard Harissa? We said Tunisia!!

Tunisia is synonymous with Harissa, which they claim to be way better than its much popular counterpart ketchup. Harissa is a fiery chilli paste which is prepared from red and Serrano peppers, mixed with garlic, coriander, and caraway.

  • Serving Harissa is an art

It is not surprising if you find every meal is served accompanied with a small portion of Harissa. You will find Harissa slathered on your sandwich bread, and you will find it served with anything and everything that you are offered to eat in Tunisia.

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  • Tunisia is for the love of tuna and eggs

Meet tuna fish and eggs – the two diamonds on Tunisia’s culinary crown. It is a must to try both in the same fervor as the Tunisians do.  The best way to savor the combination is with the plat Tunisian – a shallow bowl of grilled vegetable salad, preserved lemons, harissa, chopped cucumbers, and is topped with a poached egg and finished with tuna fish. Another delicacy bringing on the best of tuna and eggs both is called brick a l’oeuf, quite similar to a dumpling. A thin sheet of dough is filled with parsley, tuna fish, potatoes and a raw egg before being deep fried to crispy perfection and served with lemon.

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While there are several staple foods of Tunisia which are mentioned above, a must add fact is that olive oil is added essentially in all Tunisian cuisine. Fafani Foods is the place where you would find not only organic extra virgin olive oil, but you would also find Harissa and Mashwiya along with some of the classic recipes. Visit them on http://fafanifoods.com/ or call at 844-232-1411 to order your requirements.

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