Turkish Delights - The Pearl of the Turkish Dessert Art

It is known as the Turkish Delight and is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater and lemon. It has a soft, jelly-like and sometimes sticky consistency, and is often packaged and eaten in small cubes that are dusted with icing sugar to prevent sticking. Some types contain small nut pieces, usually pistachio, hazelnut or walnuts.

According to the Ali Muhiddin Hacı Bekir Confectioners company of Istanbul, founded in 1777, lokum has been produced in Turkey since the 15th century.

Lokum was introduced to the west in the 19th century. An unknown Briton became very fond of the delicacy during his travels to Istanbul, and purchased cases of lokum, to be shipped back to Britain under the name Turkish Delight. It became a major delicacy not only in Britain, but throughout continental Europe.

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