The Turkish Delight

This Turkish dessert (or a delight) is called lokum and it is delicious! It is a traditional sweet for Turkish people and it can be a great gift for your loved ones. If you visit Turkey, the sweet is a must to try out – you will not be disappointed. To know more about it, we present some interesting facts about lokum which goes back way into the past of the Turkish cuisine.

The history of Turkish sweet

During the Ottoman period, the Turkish delight was one of the most important pieces of their cuisine. It has a history over hundreds of years. The dessert ‘abhisa’ is held as a root of the Turkish lokum sweet. They were used by the Sassanians who were rulers of the Persian Empire during the 225-651 BC period. The delight was first known as ‘rahat ul-hulküm’ in Arabic language (it means ‘cheering up the throat’), but after some time, it became referred to as ‘lokum’. However, the sweet received the most popularity in the seventeenth century. After more than fifty years, the migrant people brought the dessert to Europe and presented it as a Turkish delight. It got proper recognition there and was often made for people in their homes as well as the markets. A huge production started in the Ottoman Empire in the second part of 17th century. At first it was made with fruit syrup, honey and flour but after the invention of purified sugar, the sweet’s taste has been adjusted and it is now similar to the historic lokum.

How it is made?

The Turkish delight is prepared with the ingredients such as sugar, starch, food colouring and citric acid. The first step is to dissolve the sugar in bubbling hot water. Amylum (starch) and citric acid are split into two different cups to let them dissolve in their own time. After that, mix all the materials into one. Let it boil for some time and wait until it is ready to use. To check if it is in a suitable sticky condition, steer it up with a spoon or a special spatula. When it gains good consistency, keep it in the cups with starch for over than 15 hours. As a last step, shape it up and pack it. That’s it! You made your own Turkish delight at home!

Varieties of lokum

There are a lot of options to choose from when eating lokum. Regarding the taste, there are many variations to make the Turkish delight with, for example: hazelnut, pistachio, coconut, fruity, lemon, pomegranate, mint, rose petal, chocolate and a lot more; basically, you can pick whatever you can think of! Usually, the most popular combination is pomegranate with pistachio or saffron.

Perks of consuming the Turkish sweet

Eating lokum, you can gain benefits from it and improve your health. Here are a few aspects:

  • The carbohydrates in the sweet can be valuable and effective for treating kidney diseases.
  • A good remedy for sores and blisters.
  • The lokum benefits for treating tonsillitis.

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