Harissa 

The History of Tunisian Harissa

Harissa is considered the national condiment of Tunisia and is used in many traditional dishes.  In fact, Tunisia is the largest producer of pre-made Harissa in the world.  Due to the growing popularity of spicy condiments and spreads, many companies in different parts of the world have begun to produce their own ...

The History of Tunisian Harissa

Harissa is considered the national condiment of Tunisia and is used in many traditional dishes.  In fact, Tunisia is the largest producer of pre-made Harissa in the world.  Due to the growing popularity of spicy condiments and spreads, many companies in different parts of the world have begun to produce their own version of “Harissa”, but most do not use the traditional ancient recipes that La Megara insists on. 

Harissa dates back to the 17th century when red chili peppers were first introduced to Europe by Spanish and Portuguese Explorers.  These Explorers, would travel through-out Latin America and return to Europe with exotic fruits and vegetables.  These explorations introduced red chili to Europe, where it quickly spread to surrounding countries in Africa and Southeast Asia.

This red chili spread can be used in many different ways and it adds a unique spiciness that enhances the flavor of any dish.  There are two different types of Harissa - Traditional and Berber.

Traditional Harissa is a combination of fresh peppers and herbs where as, Berber Harissa is made with herbs and sun-dried peppers, which makes it darker in color and also intensifies the peppery flavor. Both versions can be used in different types of dishes ranging from meats, seafoods and vegetables.

Unsurprisingly, Harissa has gained popularity over the years and La Megara is proud to offer a truly authentic condiment from Tunisia, along with recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.  From our family to yours, we hope you enjoy the best of La Megara.  

La Megara brand Harissa and La Megara brand Berber Harissa has been certified by the Food Label Quality Program of Tunisia a mark of quality and Tunisian authenticity. 

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  • Sundried Hot Pepper Spread • La Megara Berber Harissa is a spicy puree of red peppers grown in Tunisia. The peppers are sun-dried and ground with a variety of artisan spices. • Harissa is traditionally served with couscous, grilled meat, casseroles, steamed fish or simply as a dip. • Berber Harissa has a smokier flavor than traditionnal Harissa.

  • Handcrafted Hot Pepper Spread • A staple of the Tunisian diet. • The cayenne peppers in this Harissa are carefully selected and ground with a rough texture to preserve the rich flavor and spice. • In Tunisia, Harissa is commonly used in almost all dishes. Try cooking it with tomato sauce to help balance the spicy flavor, add it to a stew or use it...

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