Still looking for inspiration for a Summer destination? Why don`t you treat yourself to a sugar rush this summer and Turkey could just be the place to get it. Its wonderfully varied cuisine is characterized by an array of sweet, sticky treats to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth!
Desserts are very important in the Ottoman Turkish culture, often used to represent ceremony and celebration. As such, the Turkish people take great pride in their tempting treats – here is just a sample of what you’ll find on offer.
The national signature dish of Turkish Delight, or Loukoum, is a delightful treat that comes in many flavors. It’s been a favorite dessert among locals since the 1700s for good reason, and in its authentic form this sweet delicacy is simply delicious.
These bite-sized treats are a must-have end to any meal, or simply taken home as a souvenir, and the flavors on offer will tantalize your taste-buds. With options for every palate from simple rosewater and lemon to more decadent violet, ginger and mint with double roasted pistachios.
Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert made from layers of filo pastry, and has received world-wide acclaim. This syrup-soaked dessert is available with a range of different fillings, although traditionally baklava is made with crunchy pistachio or walnut. More recently it has evolved to include even chicken, white cheese, vegetables such as pumpkin and fruits, so you can go sweet or sour with this wonderfully versatile Turkish dish.
Logusa Sherbet (or Lohusa Serbeti)
This is a delicious sweet drink made from fruit juices combined with sugar and water to form syrup that is then thinned with water or ice. Logusa Sherbet is usually served before or during a meal with many traditional Ottoman foods. As Turkey is a Muslim country, these non-alcoholic drinks are a popular alternative to the usual boozy holiday tipples.
Head into any authentic Istanbul eatery and ask for a ‘Karisik Komposto’. You’ll be presented with a chilled glass of rose-coloured drink made from syrup of apple, pear, peach and apricot mixed with iced spring water. Presentation is important, the drinks will arrive at your table on a round tray and covered with a piece of embroidered silk, or gold cloth for a real taste of the Middle East.