What is Turkish delight, or lokum, made of?
Turkish delight, or lokum, is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel; traditional varieties are often flavored with rosewater, mastic, Bergamot orange, or lemon. The confection is often packaged and eaten in small cubes dusted with icing sugar, copra, or powdered cream of tartar, to prevent clinging. The origin of the confection is not precisely known, but the candy is known to have been produced in Turkey as early as the late 1700s.