Halva is a traditional sweet, traditionally enjoyed in the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern regions. The word Halva actually comes from the Arabic ḥalwá which means “sweet”. It tends to usually come in two forms: one is flour and the other nut-based. The recipe for halva varies from region to region, but tahini (sesame paste) the common ingredient in most recipes. Nonetheless, it has recently grown in popularity and is enjoyed throughout Europe and particularly the UK, due to its great beneficial properties.
So how do you eat Halva, and what exactly is it?
There are two types of halva, one that uses flour as a base and the second type uses nut-based ingredients. The common ingredients for the flour halva are flour, semolina with butter, oil or ghee, water and sugar. These ingredients are a must for flour halva. Alternatively, nut-based halva is made with sesame seeds or sunflower seeds and formed into a paste that’s mixed with hot sugar syrup to form a bar.
Halva has a nutty, rich sweetness thanks to the toasty flavors of sesame seeds combined with sugar syrup. The flavor can change depending on the additional ingredients or toppings added. This can include rosewater, cardamom, swirls of caramel, a coating of dark chocolate, or a sprinkling of pistachios or hazelnuts for added crunch.
Not only is Halva enjoyed because of its delicious taste, but it also has nutritional benefits that are good for your health. Halva contains a lot of essential minerals, fatty acids, dietary fiber, proteins, amino acids, and other useful elements. But stay sane and indulge in this dessert in a moderate way because the sugar content is quite high.
Halva, Now Available from our Online Shop!
The Greek Delicatessen is proud to offer 2 unique varieties of Greek Halva from Halva Salonikios. The traditional Greek confectionery goods which offers a quality authentic taste. MELETIADIS, a Production, and Trade Company of sugar products active for thirty years in the Greek market. Have achieved to make its products become daily tasteful relishes for the whole Greek family. The plant of the company is located in a fully organized and perfectly equipped area covering 10.700 square meters. This meets entirely its current and developing needs. In MELETIADIS, the combination of its excellent high-technology equipment. In addition with the specialized and perfectly trained staff, constitute the guarantee for the high quality of its products.
The HALVA SALONIKIOS COCOA by The Greek Deli, one of the best selections, when you are craving something Mediterranean sweet. In addition, we also off the HALVA SALONIKIOS VANILLA, the classic, traditional Greek halva, bursting with delicious vanilla and tahini flavour. Flossy, crumbly, and still crunchy, as halva should be.
The Greek Delicatessen Ltd. is the official distributor of Halva Salonikios and Meletiades confectionery products in the United Kingdom.
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The online shop at The Greek Deli stocks artisanal products, including olive oils, wines, cheeses, mezedes, ready meals (such as pastitsio and gemista). To sweets (such as baklava and kourabiedes), and Greek coffee (Loumidis). We even stock beloved Greek chocolates and cookies such as Lacta, Ion, Sokofreta, and Gemista cookies, as well as an impressive selection of Greek wines. Also on sale are gift boxes, which can either be customized with your favorite products or pre-made. (one box includes extra virgin olive oil, two bottles of wine, two jars of olive paste, roasted peppers, honey, chilies, and balsamic vinegar). Perfect for sending the best of Greek tastes to a distant beloved!.
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