Turkish Delight - Lokum

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Turkish delight or lokum is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are often flavored with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange, or lemon.

What is Turkish Delight supposed to taste like?

A starch and sugar gel often containing fruit or nuts and flavored with rosewater, citrus, resin, or mint. The texture is gummy and sticky, some of the flavors are unfamiliar to American palates, and the whole thing is very, very sweet.

Why are we calling it as Turkish Delight?

Turkish Delight has an illustrious past. It is one of the most ancient sweet dishes in the world, dating back 230 years. There are several stories surrounding its origin.

One legend has that there was a certain Sultan who believed that the way to a woman’s heart was through her stomach. He had in his armor, recipes for some very exotic and innovative dishes, with which he wooed his mistresses.

Once, very eager to please his numerous mistresses, he ordered his chefs to prepare a novel dessert. Thus, the Turkish Delight came into being as a royal delicacy, which very soon became one of the most coveted dishes to have ever come out of the royal kitchens.

What is the best Turkish Delight?

The Best Turkish Delight Brands are;
  • Akkent
  • Hacı Bekir
  • Hafiz Mustafa
  • Hazer Baba
  • Ikbal
  • Koska
  • Malatya Pazari
  • Selamlique
  • Sultan of Bazaar
  • Tuğba Kuruyemiş

How long do Turkish delights last?

Turkish Delight should last 8 to 10 months.