What Is Turkish Delight

The sweetest member of Turkish cuisine, the best gift to be given, the best friend next to coffee, a nostalgia from childhood, the reason to love holidays; yes, you got it right! We are talking about Turkish delight. Here's what you need to know about Turkish delight, which dates back hundreds of years and is an important part of Ottoman cuisine.


The History Of Turkish Delight

Turkish delight, which is an important part of the palace cuisine in the Ottoman period, has hundreds of years of history. The sweet 'abhisa' consumed by the Sassanids, which ruled between 226 and 652 BC in the Persian Empire, is known as the origin of the delight, although it is not certain. While Turkish delight was originally called "rahat ul-hulküm", that is, "comforting the throat", it was called "comfortable delight" in the past. Finally, it was called 'Turkish delight' with modern Turkish. Its awareness in Anatolia started in the 15th century. It lived its most popular times in the 17th century. In the 18th century, travelers took delight to Europe and introduced it as 'Turkish Delight'. Turkish delight has also gained popularity there. Mass production in the Ottoman period began in 1777. It was produced by mixing honey, fruit syrup and flour at first. With the invention of starch and refined sugar, it has taste changes until today.

 

How Is Turkish Delight Made?

Turkish delight is made with citric acid, sugar, starch, food coloring and aromas. Sugar is boiled just enough to dissolve in water. Citric acid and starch are left to dissolve in separate containers. Then citric acid and starch are mixed with sugared-water. By this way, it is boiled for a while. When the spoon is immersed in the mixture, it is checked whether it has a sticky consistency, and it is kept in starchy containers for about 20 hours. As a last process, it is shaped and packed on a hard surface.

 

Turkish Delight Varieties

There are many kinds of Turkish delight according to its taste, production method and production place. Here are some types of Turkish delight: ‘Kuş’ delight, Turkish delight with hazelnut, Turkish delight with walnut, Turkish delight with pistachio, Turkish delight with pistachio, Turkish delight with lemon, Turkish delight with pomegranate, Turkish delight with rose leaf, chocolate delight.

 

The Benefits Of Turkish Delight

Turkish delight has dozens of known benefits. Here are the highlights of Turkish delight:

-It helps to reduce tonsillitis.

-It is useful for kidney patients with its carbohydrate content.

-It is a great healing for boils and wounds.

 

How Is Turkish Delight Served?

Food and desserts in Turkish cuisine have more than one presentation. The situation is the same in Turkish Delight. As served in the delight handkerchief; Besides sweet, medium and plain Turkish coffee, it is also served by absorption throughout the coffee drink.



 

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