Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Mastic, Wonderful Mastic ! (Sakiz)
Before adding dessert recipes that have mastic in them to my blog, I just wanted to add this post as a dedication to my love for mastic !..:)
Mastic is basically the aromatic resin from the mastic tree which is originally native to the Greek island of Chios. It is widely used in the neighboring regions' cuisines, like Greece, Turkey, Middle East and North Africa; and is also the ancestor of today's chewing gum.
You can find a lot of interesting information regarding mastic within below links.
Mastic is sold in ethnic stores where they sell Greek and Middle Eastern foods. But if you can't find it in stores, you can order it from this website: bestturkishfood.com/
In fact, you can also find some other ethnic foods in my recipes in this online store.
Mastic pieces (as the ones in the above picture) are called tears; and they are usually smashed before being added to desserts or pastries, which makes it easier to measure and incorporate them.
Definitely give these wonderful spice "pearls" with their distinctive, unique flavor a chance. You may find that for your custards mastic is an even better flavor than vanilla. Well, for me mastic tears are as valuable as pearls...