Marks & Spencer – Harissa Paste

by Hot Juan on November 5, 2011 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews

Marks & Spencer Harissa Paste

Marks & Spencer Harissa Paste

Marks & Spencer have not done very will in our review so far,we have always like the quality of their product, but some how they have missed point and made things so lame that they lack any flavour and warmth.

Well Harissa comes from North Africa/Middle East and there are probably as many family recipes and variation out there that would could just do a blog on Harissa. Having looked at the ingredients list I am pleased to see all the essential ingredients included, maybe not in the order I was expecting, but it is a good start.

This one certainly looks the part with it bright red and yellow label, the the top of the lid is some pictures of chillies and some intelligible writing but on popping open the lid, I can smell Mint, a lot of mint, then Coriander and finally Garlic and Ginger, I have had Harrisa with Mint before, but I don’t remember the smell being that strong.

The initial taste is also instantly of mint, for the English, this is starting to taste like a warm mint sauce, it is not having the effect I was expecting from a Harissa, which is a hot, garlicky, salty condiment that I normally add to couscous as on it own it overpowers in all directions.

Ingredients: Red Pepper, White Wine Vinegar, Sugar, Cumin, Ginger Puree, Extra Virgin Olice Oil, Dried Mint, Water, Garlic Paste, Mint, Coriander, Lemon Juice, Salt, Crushed Chillies, Rose Petals, Lemon Paste, Black Pepper.

I would not like to say this does not taste very nice, I am enjoying spooning it out of the jar, it is just not what I expect of a Harissa, I think M&S could have done a lot better than this, people who by Harissa tend to know what they are buying, and this may well be a bit of a disapointment.

On the other hand this may be of some use at the weekend with my roast lamb!

I think I would have to say, don’t buy this, get a proper version from an local ethnic shop, or order a jar of the excellent ChilliPepperPete’s Harissa Paste that we reviewed a while ago or you could even make your own by following our simple recipe.


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