Kashmir’s loss, Tunisia’s gain: North African country’s ‘Harissa’ gets UNESCO tag Pipa News

Kashmir’s loss, Tunisia’s gain: North African country’s ‘Harissa’ gets UNESCO tag

Tunis: Harissa of Tunisia has made it to the list of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage.

UNESCO stated that it was part of the North African country’s identity.

Arab News reported that the UN cultural agency is meeting in Morocco to examine proposals for its own list of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which aims to protect cultural traditions, practices and knowledge.

Kashmir’s loss, Tunisia’s gain: North African country’s ‘Harissa’ gets UNESCO tag

It tweeted, “Just inscribed on the #Intangible Heritage List: Harissa, knowledge, skills and culinary and social practices.”

Harissa is a paste made from sun-dried hot peppers, freshly prepared spices and olive oil, which preserves it and slightly reduces its pungency.

It is found in almost every restaurant in Tunisia and is also exported around the world.

Arab News reports the application of Tunisia’s status notes that harissa is “an integral part of household provisions and an integral part of the daily culinary and food traditions of Tunisian society,” usually prepared in a family or community setting. .

“Harissa is used as a condiment, an ingredient and even a dish in its own right, and is well known throughout Tunisia, where it is consumed and produced, especially primarily in areas where chili peppers are grown,” it said.

“It is regarded as an identifying element of the national culinary heritage and as a factor of social cohesion.”

The 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage aims to protect and raise awareness of the “intangible cultural heritage of communities, groups and individuals concerned”.

UNESCO stresses that the list respects traditions, practices and all such forms of knowledge and culture which are “human treasures” that must be protected.

On Wednesday, the organization also recognized French baguettes, adding more than 530 items to the list.

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