Turkey

lohusa şerbeti

Collected from Claudia Turgut, Seasonal Cook in Turkey

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ingredients

 

750g lohusa şekeri/ lohusa sugar

1 ½ water glasses granulated sugar( 1 ½ cups)

7-8 cloves/karanfil

6-7 cinnamon sticks/çubuk tarçin (pron: chu/book/lu tar/chin)

20 water glasses water/20 cups

instructions

 

1. Put the lohusa sugar, the regular sugar and water in a large pan and bring to the boil over medium heat.

2. Boil for 15 minutes until the sugar is dissolved, then continue for 15 minutes more on a lower heat.

3. Tie the cloves and cinnamon sticks in a muslin cloth and add to the pan.  Simmer for a further 15 minutes.

4. Cool and then strain into a large container or jug. This amount makes a lot! Keep in the fridge. It’s served hot, cold or at room temperature. The colour will be a gorgeous ruby red.

 

Doing double-duty, this red drink is first served to moms while they’re still in the hospital in the hopes of boosting milk production. Later, the sweet cinnamon- and clove-spiced beverage is served to guests visiting the new mom at home.

For more information: Lohusa Serbeti in Wikipedia.

 

 


nutritionist’s comments

Contributor: Tiffany Xu

Nutritional Value and Potential Benefits:

This sweet drink is not only tasty and refreshing but has a number of nutritional benefits listed by ingredient below:

  • Clove provides calcium (to sustain good bone health), vitamin K (which is essential for blood clotting), and trace iron (that is necessary for good lactation) (1).

  • Cinnamon has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels for type 2 diabetics. This may be especially beneficial for women dealing with gestational diabetes (2). 

Mindful Modifications:

  • If you cannot find Lohusa Sugar, you can use the same amount of regular granulated sugar and add a hint of red food coloring.

  • If high blood sugar levels are a concern, make sure to lower the amount of sugar.

References:

  1. https://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/spices-and-herbs/181/2

  2. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/cinnamon-extract-andor-cinnamon-improves-fasting-blood-sugar-people-type-2-dia