Forested Foods Besobila Holy Basil
A varietal of holy basil that grows wild in Ethiopia, this herb is freshly fragrant with a grassy flavor. A juicy lemon character gives way to a ripe berry-like sweetness that sets it apart from standard sweet basil or any basil you’d find stocked in a supermarket. It’s unique flavor and fragrance is impossible to substitute—as most dried basils lack aroma in general, let alone the complex and refreshing scent of besobila.
Forested Foods Timiz Ethiopian Long Pepper
These elongated pepper berries native to East Africa are ever-so-slightly smoky, with a similar fruity spice to black pepper—albeit less prickly and more akin to allspice. The pepper berry grows wild in Ethiopian forests before being harvested by farmers and dried by an open flame. They can be easily broken by hand into small pieces, and grind easily in a mortar and pestle or other spice grinder. For a basic pepper mill or our ratchet grinder, they must be broken into smaller pieces before loading and grinding. This aromatic pepper varietal can’t be found in standard supermarkets, but is a wonderful way to elevate everyday dishes or give making your favorite food from your local Ethiopian restaurant a try at home.