Sunday, February 3, 2013

Grape Molasses - Special to Zile, Turkey

My brother came from Istanbul a couple of days ago with some white grape molasses from Zile which is a district of Tokat Province, Turkey. I had asked him to find the molasses similar to the ones my father used to buy us when we were little kids. He, fortunately, found one which is almost the same - even the box in which they sell the molasses has never changed. The only difference was that the molasses my brother bought is runnier than the ones I remember, but still super yummy. Spread it on a slice of whole grain bread  with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon and enjoy it with a cup of black tea. Excellent!

As to the ingredients in the molasses, it is made of white grapes special to the region of Zile. It is 100% natural product including no additives. It is obtained as a result of the process of condensing grape juice after boiling and mixing it with egg white. It is an instant source of energy since it diffuses into blood quickly and directly with no need to be broken down in the digestive system. Two tablespoons of the molasses (20 g) contains 2 mg iron, 80 mg calcium, and 58 kcal energy. It is an essential product for adolescents, workers, sportspeople, and breastfeeding women.

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