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Western Saharan cuisine

Location of Western Sahara
Saharawi Cuisine
Saharawi bread

Western Saharan cuisine comprises the cuisine of Western Sahara, a disputed territory in the Maghreb region of North Africa, bordered by Morocco to the north, Algeria to the extreme northeast, Mauritania to the east and south, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

The Western Saharan cuisine has several influences, as the population of that area (Saharawi), in their most part is Arabic and Berber origin. The Saharawi cuisine is influenced by the Spanish occupation.

The main ingredient is the couscous that often accompanies one way or another all the food dishes. The influences of southern cuisine makes them consume peanut as an accompaniment of some dishes.

In the field of meat, the pig just eats by not be halal, in accordance with the laws of Islam and, on the contrary, is very popular among the Sahrawis the camel and goat meal, occupying a prominent place, of the lamb. Some tribes are famous for growing wheat, barley and cereals in general, and for make delicious dishes.

Food is primarily imported into Western Sahara, as minimal rainfall in the territory inhibits agricultural production.[1] Indigenous sources of food include those derived from fishing and nomadic pastoralism.[1][2] The labor and business in these indigenous provisions of foods are also a primary contributor of income for the territory's population, and are among the primary contributors to the economy of Western Sahara.[1][2]

Some fruits and vegetables are grown in oases that are scattered within the territory.[2]

As of 2012, all economic activity and trade in Western Sahara is governed by the government of Morocco.[2]

Common foods and dishes

Being almost entirely nomadic, the diet of Saharan tribes, was based on the meat, milk and derivatives. The coastal tribes added to this diet fish dishes, rice and so on.


Saharawi Tea
  • It is very usual intake of tea. Tea is more than just a drink for the Saharawi people is a way to meet and share moments with friends and family moments of chat and friendship.

It usually follows a ritual, in which are taken three vessels. In this regard, there is a popular comment: "The first glass of tea is bitter like life, the second cup sweet like love and the third soft as death."[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c The World Factbook 2008
  2. ^ a b c d Western Sahara Business Law Handbook: Strategic Information and Laws -, International Business Publications, USA
  3. ^ a b International Mission Board: News & Information
  4. ^ Endgame in the Western Sahara: What Future for Africa's Last Colony? - Toby Shelley. pp. 82-83.
  5. ^ Camel Meat and Meat Products
  6. ^ a b The 37-year-old refugee situation you know nothing about | PBS NewsHour
  7. ^ Western Sahara: Anatomy of a Stalemate - Erik Jensen. p. 23.
  8. ^ a b "Western Sahara". Foodspring.
  9. ^ The next thing: camel milk
  10. ^ The Western Sahara and the Frontiers of Morocco - Robert Rézette. pp. 25-33.
  • Food Culture in Sub-Saharan Africa - Fran Osseo-Asare
  • The Recipes of Africa - Dyfed Lloyd Evans

Further reading

External links

  • "Places to eat in Western Sahara". Virtual Tourist.
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