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Jul 31, 2012 04:39 PM

What to bring home from Morocco?

My son is a midshipman at the Naval Academy who is spending his Fall semester in Morocco, honing his Arabic language skills. What should I ask him to bring me, both food-wise and other wise? I'm an adventurous cook and I also sew. What does he need to bring me at Christmas?
Thanks in advance!

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  1. My first thought was a tangine (the cookware, not the stew!). But if you sew, have him bring fabric! Easier to pack and won't break or spoil.

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    1. re: Jeri L

      It's tagine - only one "n". They can be hard to transport, and are available stateside. My vote is for argan oil, which is expensive here and not easy to find. Roasted argan oil for culinary uses, un for cosmetic ones.

      Dried apricots, figs, or dates would only be worth toting home if there are unusual varieties of those fruits there. Mahleb, zaatar, and other unusual spices.

    2. Depends on how much he can pack and carry. Last trip (before strict airline baggage allowance), I bought back mostly cooking tools (a brass mortar and pestle, brass spice grinder), ceramic serving pieces (mostly simple brown, blue and green), wooden serving utensils, baskets ( t'bicka, a large basket with a conical lid use to serve bread) . I didn't bring back much food since most I can buy or order through the internet. Otherwise, spices, olives, flower water, argan oil mentioned previously,

      1. I brought back argan oil and spices. Argan oil is fantastic for dressing salads and couscous, and it's a lot cheaper over there. And I got a great deal on saffron and ras el hanout.

        1. I'm going in a couple of weeks, so I'll keep checking here for suggestions and offer some of my own when I get back :)

          1. Pottery and leather goods from Morocco are very beautiful, jewelry, carpets/runners - hopefully your son knows how to haggle.
            I would really stay away from Spices, no matter how interesting. Mine "came to life" a few weeks later. Luckily the containers were tightly closed....