Where is Tunisia?
Located at the northernmost point in Africa surrounded by the Mediterranean sea to the north and the Saharan Desert to the south nestled between Algeria and Libya.
What is Harissa?
At the heart of Tunisian cuisine is Harissa. This spicy red pepper paste is indigenous to its hometown of North Africa. Harissa begins with dried Baklouti peppers mashed into a paste or thick puree and seasoned with salt and a touch of olive oil. The recipe is used for cooking and enjoyed as a dipping sauce as well as a condiment. Har-riss – هرّس, in arabic, quite literally means to mash: giving the paste its name. The Baklouti pepper is the distinct ingredient of Harissa that represents the signature flavor of Tunisian cuisine. The layers of flavor in this pepper are characterized by mild, sweet, and fruity notes followed by a ting of heat. Baklouti peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and also contain folate, vitamin A, E and potassium.
What makes Tunisian tomato sauce different from Italian tomato sauce?
Ingredients and cooking techniques define the differences. Tunisian tomato sauce is centered around spices rather than herbs. Translating bolder flavors. Tomato paste and fresh tomatoes combine to create the forward sweet flavor. Harissa adds the warming heat that ranges from mild to spicy and Tebel, a Tunisian spice blend consisting of red pepper, garlic, and coriander, providing warm earthy undertones.
What is a cannery?
The art of canning or jarring is an ancient method to preserve the shelf-life of food: using age-old techniques to kill and eliminate bacteria to prevent food from spoiling.
At Zonzon Organic we process our small batches with our certification under the California Cannery program. Applying simple techniques to our food process to naturally preserve our products maintains the distinct freshness in each jar.