Ethiopian Berbere Spice

Ethiopian Berbere Spice


An essential spice blend in Ethiopian cuisine, berbere has a bold, spicy, herbaceous flavor accented with warm, subtly sweet spices like ginger and nutmeg.

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Berbere, which means "hot" in Amharic, is characterized first by its fiery heat, from a blend of ground chile peppers and peppercorns. The heat is cut with sweet spices including ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. This multifaceted blend also includes Hungarian paprika, coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, ajowan seed, mace and cardamom. As with many traditional spice blends, Berbere differs from region to region and can be used to season anything from vegetables to meats and stews.