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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Couscous: A North African Heritage

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7Dnews London

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 09:02 GMT

At the end of March, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and Tunisia jointly proposed that their national meal – couscous – should be granted UNESCO world heritage status.

The North African cuisine is unique and rich and has different influences such as Amazigh and Andalusian cultures. Couscous is made of small, crushed durum wheat semolina that is steamed and served with stew and vegetables.

Couscous is a thousand-year old dish that traditionally was the everyday dinner for all Moroccans and North Africans. Now it is prepared on Fridays after prayers.  

The tradition of couscous is deeply entrenched in the Maghreb culture and it is a heritage that is passed on from generation to generation.