“The love of sweets,” said M. Ishaq, “is part of Bedouin history. In Islamic countries, sweets were a part of the culture, and a tradition. Honey, both a food and a medicine, was part of the culture from the Mediterranean to India. And we have dates.”
“We love dates,” said Ace, almost in unison with Olen.
“Over the centuries cooks from Babylonia, Rome and the Persian Empires created sweets mixed with flours, fruit, and nuts. In the tenth century, the court of the caliphs showed over ninety recipes for sweets. By the sixteen to eighteenth century, sugar was used to sweeten coffee and ice cream and Turkish delights were added. Emigrants took the sweets to cities around the world and baklava became universal.”
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