Mahleb, or Mahlepi is an aromatic spice made of a black cherry tree species, native to Middle East, but currently growing in the Mediterranean. The rock-hard cherry kernels are cracked, and the inner seeds are collected, dried and/or ground to a powder. Mahlepi has an intense aroma, a taste that reminds bitter almonds, cherries and a hint of rose or vanilla, and a bitter aftertaste which changes when baked. With a distinctive rich fruity flavor it becomes subtle after baked, kind of like a mystery ingredient which does not dominate the resulting taste. It is used in the traditional New Year's pie, the "Vasilopita", the traditional sweet dessert "tsoureki" and other recipes for sweet cookies and pies. You can also use ground mahlepi in other culinary preparations like juices and smoothies, spice blends and seasonings, and especially dairy products, as mahleb goes very well with dairy.
- Small quantity (app. 0.6 oz - app. 18g)
- Whole Seeds to preserve intensity
Product Cautions and Directions
- Store in a cool and dry place
- Grind before use
- If not mandated by a recipe, use small quantities
- Dried Mahleb seeds