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Arabic Name and Pronunciation:

Baharat, pronounced ba-har-ot

Origin:

Baharat is most commonly used in Jordanian, Syrian, Palestinian and Lebanese recipes.

Characteristics:

Baharat is a mixture of allspice berries, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The berries resemble peppercorns.

Taste :

The taste really depends on the spices used in the mixture. More often, it has a sweet flavor. It is most often used to flavor soups and stews.

Buying Allspice:

At a market, baharat is sold already ground in platic bags. At a Middle Eastern grocer, it will be in a small container. You may be able to find whole allspice berries, and you will have to grind them yourself, adding nutmeg and cinnamon.
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