It’s no secret that foods from the African continent are an absolute festival myriad of flavours – from the tagines of the Sahara to the fish stews of Mozambique and beyond, the secret ingredient is almost always spices. Not only do they add a kick to almost any dish, but being high in vitamins and nutrients is an added benefit, with many spices and herbs from the continent being used for varying health benefits as well. With many of these spices and herbs from Africa being readily available around the world, anyone almost anywhere can add a taste of Africa to their usual dishes. These will not just pump up the flavour but will give the dish an exotic flair as well. African spice varieties such as nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, chillies, ginger, various peppers, cinnamon, and turmeric grow exceptionally well in Tanzania, especially on the island of Zanzibar. Farm tours are available to see how the spices are planted, grown, and harvested, with options to purchase your own exceptionally fresh herbs straight at the source. The scent of these herbs often fill the air throughout any Zanzibari markets, and many can be found for fair prices.
Whatever your reason for delving into the wild world of African spices, you’re sure to be in for a real treat. Not only do they add an exotic flair to any dish, African or not, they are also high in vitamins A, C, and E as well as micro-elements, oils, and proteins. The use of African spice varieties in any of your cooking will, therefore, not just boost your flavour, but also your health. A true win-win situation. Bon appetit!