An Ottoman Delight; Lokum
Turkish delight, which has a past of hundred years, was an indispensable part of the palace cuisine during the Ottoman period but the history of this world-famous flavor actually dates back to more past. Original Kokum, is “abhisa” which is the most loved dessert by Sassanids, who ruled Persian Empire, one of the most important civilizations of world history, between 226 and 652. At the beginnings of the Ottoman period, it was named as “rahat ul-hulküm” which means relaxing throat with the contemporary Turkish, but it was finally named as “lokum” in modern Turkish.
Turkish delight began to be known in Anatolia from the 15th century and has gained popularity especially in the Ottoman period since the 17th century. Lokum‘s popularity in Europe is based on the 18th century, when an English traveler took the first Turkish delight and introduced it there as “Turkish Delight“.
The first mass production of Turkish delight was made in 1777 by mixing honey and fruit syrup with flour. This series production process has changed in the 17th century in terms of production and taste on the invention of refined sugar and starch.
Turkish delight which gain popularity in the result of economic developments, is very popular among Turkish people. The Turkish delight, which is also very popular in Europe, is especially popular in England. Although fake turkish delights are sold by scammers, this won’t damage reputation of turkish delight. If you want to buy turkish delight you have to get a reliable place. Otherwise, you will get fake and cheap lokum and you will be a victim.
It is recommended that you pay attention to the section of ingredients when choosing Turkish delights that are sold under many brand names. Because fake turkish delights may contain toxic substances. Take the most reliable one, enjoy it!