Berber cuisine

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The Amazigh (Berber) cuisine is considered as a traditional cuisine which evolved little in the course of time.

Berber cuisine differs from one area to another within North Africa. Thus, it is not easy to speak about a typically Berber cuisine. A classification is essential, in order to emphasize the specificities of each Berber group. Zayanes of the region of Khénifra around the Middle Atlas have a cuisine of a remarkable simplicity. It is based primarily on corn, barley, ewe's milk, goat cheese, butter, honey, meat, and game. Popular authentic Berber dishes of Tunisian, Moroccan, Algerian, and Libyan cuisine include Tajine, Couscous, Shakshouka, Pastilla, Msemen, Merguez, Asida, Lablabi, Harissa, Makroudh, Harira, Sfenj, Ahriche and many more.

Foods and dishes[edit]

Couscous with vegetables
Tajine with carrots

Berber foods and dishes include:

Although they are the original inhabitants of North Africa, Berbers lived in very contained communities and in spite of various incursions by Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Ottomans and French. Having been subject to limited external influences, these populations lived free from factors making for acculturation.

Couscous and Tajine are the principal dishes for special feasts, celebrations, etc.

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Much of the content of this article comes from French-language Wikipedia article, accessed July 31, 2006.