Turkish Delight (Lokum)
Pretty much anything that’s satisfying is either sinful or makes you fat. I don’t know about sinful, but Turkish Delight surely can make you fat. Reason enough to walk around and visit the sites when in Turkey, right?
What is Turkish Delight?
Turks call it Lokum, the rest of us call it Turkish Delight. It’s made of gelatin, water, cornstarch and sugar. The most common flavors are rosewater and lemon, which give it the pink and yellow colors. Turkish Delight can also be flavored with mint. Small nuts might also be added to the Lokum (generally walnuts, pistachio or hazelnuts). You’ll find it cut into small cubs and dusted with sugar and cornstartch.
Where to find Turkish Delight
Your best bet is to head to one of the bazaars in any Turkish city. You’ll find a lot of varieties of Turkish Delight. We advise you to skip the traditional rosewater and lemon varieties and get the more “exotic” ones. Bring some back home and impress your friends –especially if you are from a country where Turkish Delight is something people never heard of or seen.
Where else in the world?
You’ll find it in the Balkans and Middle East. The Armenian, Cypriot, Greek Albanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Albanian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Iranian and other Middle Eastern cuisines all have sweets really similar to the Turkish Delight. In Cyprus you’ll find Cyprus Delight, pretty much the same thing as the Turkish counterpart.