On 29 March, ambassadors from Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Mauritania submitted a joint dossier to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include couscous in the lists of intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
A symbol of conviviality and sharing, couscous has nourished the people of North Africa long since before the borders between these countries were drawn. Made from semolina accompanied by a spicy vegetable broth, and served with meat or fish, this Magrhebine culinary speciality is now appreciated all over the world.
Le Couscous ferment de l'unité maghrébine. Les ambassadeurs d'Algérie, du Maroc, de Mauritanie et de Tunisie à l'@UNESCO ont signé et déposé ce matin le dossier de son inscription comme patrimoine immatériel universel. Vive le Maghreb #Tunisie #Maghreb #Couscous الكسكسي# pic.twitter.com/kjaKjBx4j3
— Ghazi GHERAIRI (@GHAZIGHERAIRI) March 29, 2019
Couscous for all!
We will have to wait for the answer. The request will be examined at the next meeting of the Unesco Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will take place in Bogotá, Colombia.
While waiting to know if this dish will be the unifying agent of the countries of Northwest Africa, all that remains is to know how to eat it!
How do you cook couscous?
Semolina is one of the essential ingredients of a good couscous. Here's how to prepare couscous to stop those small semolina grains sticking.
Discover our Moroccan couscous salad recipe for the perfect all in one dish.