Ras El Hanout Definition

An aromatic Maghrebi spice blend containing a great variety of ingredients, including dried rose petals and often cardamom or turmeric.
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Origin of Ras El Hanout

  • Arabic ra’s al-ḥānūt literally, head of the shop (because the blend contains the best that a spice shop has to offer) ra’s head rℵš in Semitic roots al- the ḥānūt shop (from Aramaic ḥānūtā arched chamber, cell, shop) (from ḥənā to bend x̣ny in Semitic roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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