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The Most Special Turkish Confection From the Ottoman Palace Cuisine That Turned into a Tradition: “Lokum”

Lokum (Turkish delight) is a popular traditional sweet served to the guests on special occasions
and religious ceremonies such as baby-welcomings or funerals. A treat with a popular sweet to
the guests increases the status and reputation of the host. So, lokum is a sweet served to
guests always with pleasure. Lokum is a globally known Turkish confection. It has been one of
the most demanded sweets in the lands of the Ottoman Empire for 200-300 years. Sweets are
of great importance in Turkish food culture. The place of Turkish delight in tourism is also
important. It has been a tradition to buy a small gift box for the household or friends after coming
back from a trip. Turkish delight is one of the best and valuable foods suitable for a present. It is
one of the gifts for passengers to buy easily and affordably from the souvenir shops in airports,
stopovers or bus terminals, whether they travel domestically or abroad.
Lokum is an internationally known sugary product originally from Turkey. Supposing that its
production started in the 14th and 15th centuries, it gained its present form in the 19th century.
It is a unique food product that has attained a great place in foreign markets with a Turkish
name. Lokum is a product that was called “rahat-ul hükum” which meant “throat soother” and it
is well known in Anatolia and Ottoman lands since the 15th century. It is known that, first, honey
and molasses were used as sweeteners, water as a stabilizer and flour as a thickener
substance. When Anatolia met refined sugar known as “sugar cone” in the second half of the
18th century, refined sugar was started to use in lokum production as well as in other desserts.
The current production of lokum is carried out with the appropriate amount of sugar and the use
of starch, which was found in 1811 by a German scientist, to replace the flour. “Turkish Delight”,
which appeared following the substitution of flour with starch, is now known across the world.
Nowadays, there are plenty of varieties of lokum from Tunisia to Egypt, Greece to Syria,
Macedonia to Cyprus. However, all these types of lokums don’t carry the texture and flavor of a
traditional Turkish one.
The Turkish Lokum was brought to England by an English tourist in the 18th century, it has
been known as “Turkish Delight” in Europe ever since and has entered into the confectionary
terms. It is a fact that Turkish delight is a natural and healthy nutritional source and has a lot of
benefits. For example, protein foods are burnt in the body after consuming them and as a result
of this, waste materials such as urea, uric acid, and creatinine come off. 55 to 70 percent of the
energy consumed in uremic patients is supplied with carbohydrates. Kidney patients can’t
discharge these substances through urine, and they increase in blood. Since a plain Turkish
delight is a rich source of carbohydrate, it is suggested for kidney patients to consume it. With
the burning of carbohydrates and fats, harmful substances such as urea don’t develop.
However, due to its high sugar level, diabetics and overweight persons must be cautious. The
fruits used to produce fruit-flavored Turkish delights, such as hawthorn, sour cherry, red grapes,
pomegranate, are the most prominent fruits for human health. It consists of compounds that
show positive effects on the cardiovascular system. The antioxidant effect of these fruits
prevents the formation of free radicals and positively influences the overall heart health.
You can now order the types of Ali Baba Turkish Delights which you can happily offer to your
guests. While lokums help you offer a ready complimentary at hand to your unexpected visitors,
it is also the leading snack that children enjoy consuming. Ali Baba Turkish Delights, one of the
most ideal healthy snack options for your children, can preserve its freshness when kept in cool
and dry places. The types of Ali Baba Turkish Delights, which are great gifts that you can give
your loved ones when you visit them, were made faithfully to their traditional recipes. You can
order these special delicacies as many as you’d like since they are the most delicious forms of
all recipes that have been protected from centuries ago till today. Our stores ship your orders to
your address in a short time, so we don’t keep you waiting for too long.
We definitely offer you the most affordable prices for all types of Turkish delights, as well as
other products that you can provide through our website. Now you can take advantage of the
minimum prices, and contribute these delicacies to your kitchens and serve them to your family.
They are at all Ali Baba company stores and shops.