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Horn of Africa

The Horn of Africa, located in Northeast Africa, is the eastern-most projection of the continent and extends hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea. The region is comprised of the countries of Eritrea, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia.

The cuisine in Northeast Africa consists mainly of spicy meat and vegetable stews, called “wats.” that are served with flatbread. Typical meats found in this region are lamb, beef, chicken and goat. Vegetables include onions, carrots, potatoes, legumes and chard. Coffee is thought to have originated in Ethiopia and continues to be a major part of the country’s economy as well as the culture and cuisine.

A popular spice of the region is Berber Spice – a combination of powered chili pepper and other spices. It is an essential component of many Northeast African dishes.

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