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Loukoumia – Cyprus Delights

Loukoumia are traditional sweets, also known as “lizon”, usually offered as treats to guests at home and in kafeneia (coffee shops) across the island. Geroskipou, Foini and Lefkara are the three main villages associated with these soft, chewy sweets that have been produced there since the 19th century. Loukoumia made in Geroskipou are products with Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), registered as “Loukoumi Geroskipou”.

Loukoumi is a form of confectionery and its main ingredients are sugar and corn starch. It is available in a variety of flavours, according to the flavouring which is added (the most traditional is rose, followed by lemon, mandarin, orange, mastic and bergamot). Loukoumi is coated in powdered sugar (caster sugar) or shredded desiccated coconut.

Nuts and/or honey and/or bitter chocolate may be added to the product.

In the old days, making loukoumi was a difficult and laborious task as the mixture needed continuous stirring for several hours. At first, the mixture is thin but as time passes it becomes thicker and heavier making it difficult to stir. Once loukoumi is cooked, is poured into wooden moulds to cool off. The last step is to cut it into small pieces and sprinkle it with powdered sugar or desiccated coconut. Nowadays, with the modernization of the machinery, the procedure is much easier.

Look-oumi for it in all supermarkets and delicatessen stores and make sure to take a couple of boxes back home to treat your own guests.


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