African spices are an integral part of every African meal. For their African food recipes, you can help the newly married couple start stocking on some of these essential kitchen items. Spices native to Africa typically tend to have very distinctive tastes and fragrances. Most are derived from plants but we also sometimes re-purpose certain animals that typically have strong and distinctive flavors and use them for even more flavoring of our foods.
But alas, I can hear you asking yourself the question... "Is giving African spices an appropriate wedding present?" Well actually, for the African couple it is! We love our food, just ask any African woman or man... and if the couple is located anywhere outside of their native homeland, then receiving these spices will be a very welcome gift.
Additionally, by tradition, in most African cultures kitchen and household items are very often given as gifts. Most of these compromise of livestock and foodstuff but since the giving of cattle, sheep, goats and/or herds of other sorts may not be very feasible in weddings outside of an African village... trust me, spices used for African foods will make a great and affordable gifts. They will also be good companion gifts to African cook books.
Please note that the items offered on this page are primarily Fair Trade products grown and harvested by local farmers. The accessories are handmade and handcrafted by local artisans. By purchasing Fair Trade products, you support the farmers who grow these items and the artisans who make them, as well as their families.
African Spices For African Food Recipes
|Berbere spice is one that is native to Ethiopia and Eritrea. It is actually a mixture of various spices including, but not limited to, ginger, garlic, basil leaves, chile/white/black peppers, rue berries, korarima (this is a wild plant found in Ethiopia), cloves, coriander, allspice, and fenugreek. This spice is foundational for a lot of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, so you can be sure that your friends from this region will be very grateful to receive it. Click to purchase|
|Cubeb spice is a type of pepper. It is used most often in both West African and North African cuisine. In addition to being used as a food spice, it is also purported to have some medicinal/health benefits. Of course there's no scientific proof to support these claims, but historically it has been used as a diuretic, an antiseptic, to create body warmth, relieve throat pain, and treat infertility as well as bad breath! Go figure... Click to purchase|
Kitchen Accessories for African Spices
Most spices from Africa don't come neatly packaged in nice "grocery store-ready packaging". Some require sifting, pounding, blending, mixing, and further processing before they are "cooking pot ready". Below are some nice accessories that come in handy for the additional processing of these spices and they will make great accompanying African gifts for these spices.
Below are some kitchen mortars that work very well for some of the above uses. Please click on a picture to learn more about it or to purchase it.