I receive a lot of questions about Turkish cuisine. In today’s post I would like to talk about one of the popular and traditional flavors of Turkish cuisine.
Turkish delight is one of the sweetest and popular member of Turkish cuisine. It is the best to give as a gift and the best companion with Turkish coffee.
Turkish delight is one of the oldest sweets in the world which going back almost 500 years. Its recipe remained almost unchanged.
The Turkish delight was an important part of the palace cuisine during Ottoman Empire. According to legend the confectioner, Bekir Efendi was an inventor of Turkish Delight who arrived in Istanbul from an eastern Anatolia in 1777. It was no surprise that Bekir Efendi appointed as a chief confectioner to the Ottoman Court.
In the 18th century, It was mixed with fruit syrup, flour and honey. With the invention of refined sugar and starch, ingredients changed. Now it is made with sugar, starch and water.
There are many premium varieties such as hazelnuts, walnuts, chocolate, tahin or pistachious. The traditional varieties are flavored with mastic, lemon, orange or rosewater.The confection is eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar.
There is a misconception that Turkish delight is has high calorie. If you eat a small amount, it has benefits for your health such as;
Healer for sores
When it is consumed, it turns into energy fast and become source of energy.
Cocoa or vanilla flavors are recommended for people with kidney disease
It helps eliminate toxins in the body
Where to buy Turkish Delight in Istanbul?
As a Turkish, I love Turkish Delight so much. Quality and flavor is very important for me. I would like to share the best places to buy Turkish Delight.