There are three countries that have coastlines on both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. The first two are France and Spain. What's the third?
And the answer is: Morocco.
Located in North Africa across the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain, the Kingdom of Morocco overlooks the Mediterranean Sea to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Its official languages are Arabic and Berber, with French widely spoken.
Morocco has long been a cultural hub and center of migration. In addition to its opportune location between two major bodies of water, Morocco is situated conveniently between Europe, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. After centuries of conquest, immigration, travel and refuge, Indigenous Amazigh culture has come to blend with Arabic Islamic faith, Jewish and Muslim Andalusian qualities, and French culture, to name a few.
Beyond its lasting impacts on the diverse face of the country, converging culture in Morocco has led to other delicious developments: a rich palate. Moroccan cuisine draws from the region's abundant agricultural power and longstanding cultural exchange to produce many mouthwatering and classic dishes. For example, did you know couscous originated in Morocco? The name of this grain is of Berber origin, and has been a Moroccan staple dating back to around the 11th century.
Want to try out Moroccan flavors in your own home? Follow out this recipe for a refreshing (and delicious) taste of the Mediterranean:
Moroccan Tomato Salad
A delicious & authentic taste of Morocco.
- 4 medium ripe tomatoes
- 1/2 yellow onion, finely minced
- 1 handful of fresh parsley
- 1 handful of fresh coriander
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp virgin olive oil
- 1+1/2 Tbsp vinegar (we used apple vinegar)
Peel the tomatoes and cut in half. Remove the seeds and any liquid. Dice finely.
Wash and chop the herbs very finely.
Mix all the ingredients and add the vinegar and olive oil. Serve.
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