A tumultuous business town, Oujda is the El Dorado of the Moroccan economy. It is home to different nationalities, being one of the most striking cultural and economic melting pots.
The gastronomy of the city of Oujda is the result of a multi-ethnic mix. It has mainly issued from Berber and Andalusian cuisine and it has been hugely influenced by Algerian cuisine.
As in all Moroccan cities, Oujda's cuisine includes specialties such as the pastilla, which is a stuffing made of several sheets of pastry, the harira which is a leaven soup with the peculiarity of being seasoned with local caraway, or the couscous. This cuisine also includes several Algerian dishes and pastries, such as the bakbouka based on giblets and sauce, and the karan which is a pudding made of chickpea flour flavoured with cumin.
Born on the other side of the Algerian border, more precisely in Oran, the Rai was updated by using modern electric and electronic instruments. Raï songs talks about love and social difficulties. This new genre has naturally first found its audience in the area of the ancient Raï, which is now the Raîgasba.
The Oriental region has a great diversity of products that owe their originality to a wide and diversified territory. On a useful agricultural area of 760.000 Ha, several crops are grown by experienced farmers who know how to add value to their products, such as the clementine, olive oil, honey, almonds, truffles, medlars, etc.