Jemaa el-Fnaa square in the heart of the medina is one of the most intense places I've ever visited. Full of everything conceivable, stretching from food stalls to cobra charmers this place truly is an experience. However, we chose not to eat off the market as we'd heard of too many incidents of food poisoning. If you fancy taking the risk there's much on offer from snails to fruit juice. One thing that struck me hard was the poverty on the streets. Families sat there with new born babies asking for water and albinos burning in the 35 degree sun, it truly was an emotional roller coaster.
Visiting Marrakech, I was a bit concerned about how my body would tolerate the abundance of spices. However, a few meals in it became clear the purpose of the spice was to add flavour and not heat. Here you can see multiple mini mountains of different spices, dried fruits and nuts on display in the heart of the medina. The traditional Moroccan spice pitched to the Western market is the Ras el Hanout, comprised of many different spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, nutmeg, mace, white pepper, galangal, black and green cardamom…the list is endless! One thing that you must note when walking around the medina is people don’t like their photograph being taken. I was lucky not to get this silver pan hurled in my direction.
Text and photographs by The Undercover Food Critic, 11th December, 2017. More Information: @the_undercover_food_critic