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I am a harissa addict who has to try every brand on the market. I look for two things, of which this particular brand has one, but not the other.
The first thing I look for is flavor. This has it. Zamouri's recipe seemed to focus on the best possible flavor, in fact.
Where this falls short is the second characteristic. A truly authentic harissa would have a slow, spreading spiciness that has no immediate bite, but accumulates heat. This one is plain mild. It's on par with some of the milder jalapenos, and the heat from the first taste does not intensify. Hence, I subtracted a star. If you were to compare this to another brand that I frequently enjoy (and recommend) - Harissa Paste - the difference in authenticity would be immediately discernible.
Don't get me wrong - this is an excellent introduction to Tunisian and North African cuisine for folks who want to taste but have a low tolerance for the spiciness of a true harissa. For that reason I did give this four stars because you can still capture the essence of the cuisine with the flavor it imparts, and enjoy the meal without being overwhelmed by the spiciness of real harissa.
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