Choosing the Right Olive Oil for Maximum Benefits

Be it for roasted veggies, grilled chicken, salad dressing, sprinkling over crostini, olive oil has long transcended the Tunisian borders and made its mark as a global cooking component. Thus, apart from being a baller ingredient which elevates any and all food, extra virgin olive oil is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, making it one of the finest things for a healthy diet.

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Beware of bargain olive oils

As producers would try to get their product off the shelves, companies often commit fraud to meet the price and the demand ratio. So, while you are in the supermarket, you might see various labels like ‘product of Italy’, packed in USA, and contains oil from Morocco (read as any random country). But the mill-crushed fruits are way different in quality than what the organic products are. When talking about extra virgin olive oil, the acidity should be below 0.8 and the taste should have distinct shades of fruitiness, bitterness and pungency.

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Lesser-known health benefits of olive oil

If you are wondering where the polyphenol compounds come from in olive oil, it’s because they are made from a plant. Polyphenols are antioxidants, one of the 30 compounds that are found in olive oil. But if you are buying low-quality, mass-produced oil, it is not going to have a lot of these polyphenol compounds, losing out on a major benefit.  

Choosing the right bottle for extra virgin olive oil is always tricky. Given the various notes, flavors and colors, olive oil is a versatile ingredient.

Taking notes from expert chefs, you can only appreciate the flavor in the best form if you consider olive oil as a fruit juice. Also, similar to craft beers and dark chocolate, olive oil has notes of bitterness. The intense peppery sensation occurs because of oleocanthal, a compound that offers both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

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Similar to any other fruit extracts, olive oil is also the fresher the better. It is the best when consumed in the first two years. An older bottle probably wouldn’t harm you but slowly degrades from its flavor and health benefits.

Find the oil which is stored in dark and cool place to be sure they are not photo oxidized and has not become rancid.

To taste the authentic Tunisian food cooked in homemade olive oil, contact Fafani foods. They preserve the authentic taste of the Mediterrannean diet using the purest ingredients available. Dial 844-232-1411 or visit http://fafanifoods.com/ to find out more.

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3 Mouth Watering Native Tunisian Dishes

Tasty food with additional olive oil is somewhat the specialty of Tunisia. It’s surprising to see the passion Tunisians have with pure and natural olive oils. However, there is a reason why, Tunisia has over 75 million olive trees and counting. To understand the depth of the practice of olive oils better, here are some of the Tunisian cuisines that are incomplete without olive oil garnish.  Let’s introduce you to some of them right here.

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Delicious Tunisian dishes

  1. Kefta

This dish is crispy and meaty which is fried in natural olive oil. It is made out of minced lamb or meat, which is further mixed with fresh spices, chopped onions and given a round shape before frying. This dish tastes delicious with carrot salad or fresh homemade tomato sauce.

  1. Tunisian salad

If you are a fan of raw or semi-raw food, then you will absolutely love this salad. It is basically prepared with boiled potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, and some chefs even prefer eggs or tuna. This Tunisian cuisine is served after garnishing it with a squeeze of lemon juice and some nice dash of pure olive oil.

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  1. Harissa

It’s a very simple yet tasty sauce which is prepared with chilies, tomatoes, some special spices, garlic, and olive oil. This sauce is often used as a side dish with toasted bread, or any fried starters.

The secret ingredient that crafts the flavor of these dishes is olive oil, if you are willing to invest on quality supply then connect with Fafani Foods. They deliver some of the finest and purest olive oil which in turn builds 80% of the taste in any dish. Visit http://fafanifoods.com/  or dial 844-232-1411 to place your order directly.

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.

How to Make Your Harissa Even Better?

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While making delightful Mediterranean dishes, especially Tunisian cuisine, olive oil plays an important role. When mixed with spicy and aromatic ingredients, a good quality olive oil can make your Tunisian Salad or Harissa even better. Fafani Foods, a trusted name in making quality organic olive oils, can help you in creating the best Mediterranean dishes with purest of ingredients. If you are looking for organic oils, or other cooking essentials for Mediterranean cooking, then approach them. Visit http://fafanifoods.com/ or call 844-232-1411.

Brief Look at Tunisian Cuisine

The world has rushed to adapt and adopt all manner of Mediterranean cooking, however, the recipes from Tunisia has always been overlooked. Even though Tunisia is the world’s fourth-largest producer of olive oil, the country ships most of its oil to Spain, Italy and France. Tunisia also deserves credit for its signature couscous, which is more varied than anywhere in the world, and chefs worldwide can thank the country for harissa, the amazingly hot and popular peppery condiment.

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Tucked between Algeria and Libya, Tunisia is truly a Mediterranean country. With less than 100 miles from Italy, this geography has impacted the cuisine of the place in more ways than one. Romans, Vandals, Arabs, Spaniards, Turks, Phoenicians and French have successively invaded the country for ages and all of them have a hand in shaping the diverse and savory cuisine of the place.

Above everything, Tunisia is for seafood lovers. The hot pepper seasonings brought by the Spaniards, flaky Turkish-style pastries called brik filled with potato and egg, the olive trees first planted by Phoenicians, excellent French baguettes and croissants, and the very popular red wine, Magon, are all gift to the world from Tunisia.

Olive oil is one of the main features of the country’s diet and it dates back to ancient times.

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A dish of olive oil instead of butter on the table is a longstanding Tunisian custom. Tunisians have also the custom of pouring some oil on harissa and spreading it on a baguette to whet the appetite. Harissa, the signature dish of Tunisian cuisine is made with dried red chilies, and gives food a touch of fire. Sweet pimentos, cinnamon, saffron, cumin, caraway, mint and bay leaves add to the complexity to the cuisine.

Chorba soup with lamb, Brik, Ojja, Balkawa are some of the interesting dishes in Tunisia you should not miss.

Looking for traditional Tunisian food from the experts, get in touch with team of Fafani Foods. Being a division of the Gateway Global LLC, you can expect the staples of Tunisian cuisine while maintaining the signature taste of the region.

What’s Unique About Tunisian Cuisine?

Tunisia is a Mediterranean country tucked between Algeria and Libya which juts out into the sea around 100 miles from Italy. Thanks to its geographic location, it had been a colony for successive waves of Phoenicians, Romans, Vandals, Arabs, Spaniards, Turks and the French – all of these countries contributing to the diverse and savory Tunisian cuisine.

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Find below some of the facts about the famous cuisine of Tunisia:

  • The famous couscous is what makes Tunisia popular and unique in the world food map. Couscous is a staple in Tunisian meals and is considered the country’s most famous meal. The best couscous is served in private homes on Sunday.

  • A particular Tunisian spice mix, known is tabil, is used in many dishes. Tabil is made of garlic, cayenne or red pepper, coriander and caraway seeds.
  • Harissa is a very common Tunisian appetizer, and will often be found as a part of every meal. The dish is made of garlic, cumin, olive oil and dried chilli peppers.
  • A popular appetizer, brik is a fried triangle pastry filled with olive oil, parley, egg and tuna and often served with lemon to be squeezed on top.

  • Fruit is heavily consumed in Tunisia as a dessert but there are a variety of honey, nut and pastry sweets that are also considered Tunisian traditional deserts.

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Eating in Tunisia can seem like a strange and exotic experience where majority of the dishes are spicy. Majority of the cuisines are cooked in olive oil as Tunisia is the fourth-largest producer of olive oil in the world. If you are eager to learn more about Tunisian cuisine, visit http://fafanifoods.com or call at 844-232-1411 for details.