Monday, December 27, 2010

I love you, Mahlep!..



Mahlep is one of those spices which you think you do not miss or remember at all, until after a while you smell it again... It immediately takes you to places and sentiments... And you always fall in love with it all over again...

Just like nutmeg (another wonderful spice), although quite aromatic in the sense that "a little bit goes a long way", you are not hit by mahlep. It kind of sneaks its way into your heart, because some recipes are just not special or authentic without it.

I only started loving mahlep even more, when I learnt that it is actually the seed kernel of St Lucie cherries ground to a powder... So cute..:)

Please find more information about mahlep within the below link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahlab

Mahlep 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.

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