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the Turkish delight, a term derived from the Turkish lokum, itself derived from the Arabic rahat-ul holkum (throat rest), is a kind of confectionery of Ottoman Turkish origin, also present in traditional Bulgarian, Greek, Cypriot, Serbian, Bosnian, Moroccans, Tunisians, Albanians and Armenians. the Turkish delight "halwa" is an oriental confecti...

the Turkish delight, a term derived from the Turkish lokum, itself derived from the Arabic rahat-ul holkum (throat rest), is a kind of confectionery of Ottoman Turkish origin, also present in traditional Bulgarian, Greek, Cypriot, Serbian, Bosnian, Moroccans, Tunisians, Albanians and Armenians. the Turkish delight "halwa" is an oriental confection that comes in the form of a small cube with a soft and elastic consistency at the same time.

According to legend, about 500 years ago, a Turkish sultan who wanted to face all the women of the harem, asked all his experts in halwa confectioners to make a unique dessert that would be added to the panoply of famous recipes for which it was renowned for. It was from this quest that the Turkish delight, to surprise and satisfy all the women of this sultan's harem. They then arrived in Istanbul in 1776 with Bekir Effendi, by an apprentice confectionery confectioner "halwa". Trade in Turkish delight has grown, spreading the Turkish delights popular culture. Their notoriety then elevated them to the status of the culinary emblem of the whole of Turkey. The great ladies offered them this sweetness "halwa" as a gift to their friends, while they became a proof of love when they were exchanged between two lovers.

This confection is made from a paste of starch (potato or cornstarch) and sugar or honey, candy flavored with rose, sprinkled with icing sugar, which makes them less sticky, or even garnished with dried fruits like almonds , pistachios or hazelnuts, or sesame seeds. the Turkish delight can also be a halva flavoured with lemon, strawberry or coconut.

the Turkish delight is a veritable festival of colors to satisfy the pleasure of the eyes and a fireworks of halwa flavors to satisfy the taste buds of the greedy.

They are consumed within 12 months of the date of manufacture.

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