Casablanca Market Preserved Lemons from Morocco
Casablanca Market's preserved lemons have a bright, balanced flavor, and they aren't overly salty or bitter like some brands. We like that they add a bold, piquant kick to dishes without being too sour, and their tender texture is perfect for chopping finely and incorporating into recipes.
Villa Jerada Harissa
Villa Jerada’s Harissa No. 1 is our favorite version of this North African red pepper paste for its bright, complex flavor. While many store-bought varieties have a one-dimensional spicy flavor, this harissa layers acidity and fruitiness with preserved lemons, a touch of vinegar and tomato paste for a lively, tangy condiment. Villa Jerada uses just enough high-quality Moroccan olive oil to make the harissa spreadable and smooth without diluting its flavor, as opposed to conventional brands that contain a high proportion of water and vegetable oil.
Villa Jerada Aleppo Pepper
Fruity, subtly cumin flavored and only moderately spicy, coarse-ground Aleppo pepper is used throughout Middle Eastern cooking. We use it frequently and consider it a valuable flavoring for all manner of dishes that benefit from a little spark of heat. Villa Jerada’s sourcing is impeccable as these flakes are particularly moist and richly flavored.
Villa Jerada Ras El Hanout
Literally translated as “top of the shop,” this Ras El Hanout is a warm, complex, savory North African spice blend that can be a go-to rub for chicken, grilling, or simply mixed with Greek yogurt or softened butter. Every pantry should have a jar. Key ingredients in this blend include saffron, rose petals, grains of paradise, fennel seeds, monk pepper, galangal, orris root, white peppercorns, anise star, lavender, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, cardamom and allspice.
Casablanca Market Moroccan Preserved Lemon Puree
Made from aromatic beldi lemons, this jammy-smooth puree is deliciously thick but melts easily—infusing every nook and cranny of a dish with bold flavor. Preserved lemons are widely used in North African cooking to add a burst of citrus and delicate funky tang to food, and Casablanca Market has harnessed the fruit’s unique flavor and blended it into a spoonable and scoopable format. The puree has a slightly-fruitier aroma and less salty flavor than whole preserved lemons, likely due to the the juices and oils being released during the blending process, and holds a similar texture to that of grated ginger—with a liquid-y halo of fragrant juice that forms around every dollop. Unlike a squeeze of regular lemon juice or dusting of zest, this unique product yields a softer character due to the lactic acid that forms during fermentation, which has a creamier flavor and texture that the zippy acidity found in fresh lemons—bringing brightness balanced with a seriously-addictive bite of sea salt.
Casablanca Market Black Olive Tapenade
Casablanca Market's simple and delicious Black Olive Tapenade has a rich olive flavor and even, spreadable texture. It's not overly salty like so many supermarket versions, but rather balanced between briny capers, fruity extra-virgin olive oil, savory garlic and an unconventional ingredient: herbs de Provence, an aromatic blend that often includes parsley, thyme, rosemary, savory and marjoram. The herbs act as a counterpoint to keep the spread from tasting cloying or fatty. Instead, the tapenade has light floral notes on top of the grassy-fruity aroma of the olive oil.
Villa Jerada Dukkah
Rich, earthy dukkah—a blend of crushed, toasted hazelnuts and spices like cumin, coriander and sesame—is as much an all-purpose seasoning in Egypt as garam masala in India or five-spice powder in China. Villa Jerada's Dukkah is one of the freshest, most aromatic versions we've tried, with a fine texture that's perfect for mixing into dips or for sprinkling over food. The blend tastes prominently of cumin and coriander, with the hazelnuts adding a rich, sweet nuttiness and cayenne rounding out the dukkah with a touch of brightness.
Dukkah is eaten in Egypt from morning to night: Served alongside hard-boiled eggs, it's breakfast. With good olive oil and cheese on fresh bread, it's a snack. Sprinkled on roasted meat or vegetables, it's dinner. Try it as a spice rub for meats, or use dukkah to coat breaded cutlets for extra crunch, as we do in our Dukkah-Crusted Chicken Cutlets with Carrot-Cashew Salad. Or keep it simple and mix with olive oil to make a dip for bread and crudités—Villa Jerada Dukkah tastes great with little embellishment.
- Net Weight: 1.76 ounces
Hazelnuts (grown in Oregon), coriander, cumin, cayenne, salt, sesame seed
- Use: Store in a cool, dark place.
- Place of Origin: Morocco
Casablanca Market Marrakesh Spiced Olives
Marinated in turmeric, lemons, sea salt and extra-virgin olive oil, these Marrakesh Spiced Olives from Morocco have a complexity similar to Casablanca Market's Preserved Lemons (a Milk Street favorite), with an added earthy element from turmeric. The olives have small pits so they're especially meaty and bursting with savory, grassy and buttery flavors. And not only do the lemons lend an intense aroma and brighten up the briny mix, the tender chunks of preserved citrus also taste great on their own.
Villa Jerada Nigella Seeds
Nutrient-rich black nigella seeds are used throughout North Africa, the Middle East and parts of India and have an earthy-sweet, woodsy and slightly oniony flavor and a subtle bitterness to wake up the palate. Chances are you've already tasted nigella seeds, whether they were sprinkled on Indian naan or Jewish rye bread. We highly recommend toasting the seeds before adding them to recipes to bring out their aroma and nuanced flavors.
Toasted and ground, Black Nigella Seeds perfect for adding aromatic complexity to spice rubs or finishing salts—try them with other earthy flavors like cumin or turmeric. Sprinkle whole nigella seeds over bread before baking as you would sesame. Their crunchy texture makes them a wonderful garnish for everything from salads to soups to avocado toast; they're a wonderful complement for autumnal foods like roasted squash, or use them as an earthy counterpoint for fresh summer vegetables and bright, zesty salad dressings.
- Net Weight: 3.5 ounces
- Place of Origin: Morocco
Villa Jerada Chermoula Spread
Chermoula is a North African condiment made with plenty of fresh herbs, spices and preserved lemons. Villa Jerada's version is less herb-forward than traditional versions but just as complex, with a base of savory-sweet sun-dried tomatoes. Parsley and cilantro brighten up the sauce, which has a spreadable texture like tomato paste and is rounded out with warm spices and salty, tangy preserved lemons.
Use Chermoula as a spread for burgers, sandwiches or crostini, or mix into a creamy base such as Greek yogurt, sour cream or mayonnaise for a dip. Smear on grilled meat or fish, thin it out with stock to make braising liquid, or make a vinaigrette with Villa Jerada Chermoula, extra-virgin olive oil and either lemon juice or your vinegar of choice.
- Net Weight: 9 ounces
- Ingredients: Sun dried tomatoes, cilantro, parsley, cumin, coriander, sweet paprika, garlic, preserved lemons, salt, vinegar.
- Place of Origin: Morocco
Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Berbere
This warming, punchy chili-based spice blend is a staple in traditional Ethiopian and Eritrean fare. It’s commonly used for hearty roasts and stews and includes an aromatic melange of seasonings like cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, which add complexity to its heat-packed chili base. Many store blends of berbere can be a miss, prioritizing heat at the expense of robust layers of spice. In this blend, the black cardamom is particularly noteworthy—it’s less sweet than green cardamom, with a tiny bit of smokiness. The overall effect is savory and spicy, with a wonderful warmth at its core.
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.
Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Korerima
Dried near an open flame, Ethiopian black cardamom yields an earthy, smoky aroma that gives it an added savoriness compared to green cardamom. Floral, almost citrus-like notes follow the initial hit of smokiness, yielding more depth than the ground cardamom you can buy in the store. This hard-to-find varietal can easily be substituted in for green cardamom and its unique flavor is a great way to refresh your favorite sweet and savory dishes that include warming spices.
Eleni’s Kitchen Ethiopian Mitmita
Showcasing the fiery heat of African bird’s eye chilies, this Ethiopian spice blend is used as a flavorful finisher. The vibrant orange powder also includes earthy, herbal ajwain and aromatic, sage-like koseret, both of which yield a nuanced underlying complexity. A hit of salt brings out each seasoning’s bold flavor. Not usually found in grocery stores, this blend is a perfect entry point to the Ethiopian pantry.
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.
Maskal Teff Brown Teff Flour
Earthy, nutty and never bitter, teff is an ancient grain that’s a staple ingredient in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Brown teff is especially robust, which is why we chose that varietal to feature in our store. It can easily tip sweet when paired with chocolate or savory when drizzled with butter and herbs the rich taste works well in both sweet and savory applications, especially in backing, since the lack of gluten yields a delicate crum. Maskal Teff specializes in this ancient grain that’s only now gaining some more visibility on the U.S. market.
Maskal Teff Brown Grain
Earthy, nutty and never bitter, teff is an ancient grain that’s a staple ingredient in Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Brown teff is especially robust, which is why we chose that varietal to feature in our store. It can easily tip sweet when paired with chocolate or savory when drizzled with butter and herbs and, when, cooked yields a creamy, thick texture akin to polenta. Also like polenta, it can be served loose or in a dense, sliceable format. Maskal Teff specializes in this ancient grain that’s only now gaining some more visibility on the U.S. market.