What is Baklava?
Baklava is a Mediterranean dessert made with Phyllo dough, nuts, butter, and sugar. After baking to perfection, a sweet syrup is immediately poured over the pieces allowing the syrup to be absorbed into the layers.
We use highest quality walnuts and Grade AA butter, and we make our own syrup for our Baklava.
Our baklava has earned rave reviews from our clients. Please read testimonials from actual customers who often say that our baklava is the best baklava they have ever tasted. Why not try for yourself? Order baklava today.
Our baklava is especially noteworthy because it contains top grade california
walnuts, certified to be high in Omega-3 fatty acids. containing more of this
desirable ingredient than any other nut. Our walnut baklava contains these GOOD
ingredients. Sweet and good for you: That's the best of both worlds. Order our
Some baklava contains walnuts. Other variations include pistachios, pine nuts, almonds, or other nuts common to the Mediterranean and the Middle East. In many countries, baklava is an excellent compliment to coffee. Baklava is used in weddings, family get-togethers, and various other feasts and celebrations. We are glad to fill your baklava order quickly and efficiently.
The History of Baklava
Many groups claim Baklava as their own. However, a check of the
history of baklava yields surprising results. It is widely believed
that it is of Assyrian origin.
Around approximately the 8th century B.C., Assyrians baked thin
layers of dough with nuts, poured honey over it, and enjoyed this
Baklava was baked only on special occasions, usually by the rich
who could afford such a luxury. A poor
to exclaim, "I am not rich enough to eat Baklava in my house." Things have
changed over the years. Now, you can order baklava anytime and you do not have
to be a millionaire to enjoy the great taste.
Ancient Romans and other cultures threw walnuts instead of
rice at weddings because they believed walnuts
held aphrodisiac powers. They also used in in
fertility rites. On a side note, chick peas (garbanzos)
are also viewed as an aphrodisiac for men. Chick
peas are the main ingredient in hoummous (hummus)
bi tahini. Pine nuts have also been viewed as
an aphrodisiac for over 2000 years. Whether these
three foods help you or not, they
are a very tasty part of the ingredients we use
to make our Lebanese food.
The history of Baklava changed with the history of the land. The
Near and Middle East saw many civilizations come and go. Baklava
and the recipe had spread to the Near East, Armenia, and Turkey.
With the advent of the Grecian Empire, it spread westward to Greece.
Phyllo dough is named after the greek word for "leaf",
being "as thin as a leaf". The thickness (or for that
matter, the thinness) of Phyllo gives baklava is delicious crispy
So, when you eat a piece of baklava, you may
want to think of Greece. However, the history
of baklava reveals it came from farther East...
Even so, various countries offer tasty variations
and have loyal followings.
The history of Baklava - as colorful as the
History of the lands of the Mediterranean and
the Middle East.
Are Walnuts Healthy?
Walnuts Clinical Scientific Update: Mounting scientific research shows health
benefits of walnuts, especially heart-healthy omega-3s.
Walnuts are the healthy nut and go beyond lowering cholesterol
A new clinical study from the University of Barcelona shows that
substituting walnuts for monounsaturated fat in a Mediterranean diet improves,
and even restores, endothelial function (the property of arteries to dilate
in order to meet an increased demand of blood). Walnuts also reduce harmful
cell adhesion molecules which are associated with atherosclerosis, commonly
known as hardening of the arteries. These dual effects enhance the circulatory
system, therefore aiding in the prevention of heart disease. According to the
researchers, walnuts are the first whole food to show such cardiovascular benefits.
The study is published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Click
here to read report from Journal of American Heart Association
FDA allows health claim for walnuts
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has affirmed the
health claim, "Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating
1.5 ounces per day of walnuts, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol
diet and not resulting in increased caloric intake, may reduce the risk of
coronary heart disease." This FDA decision comes in response to a petition
filed by the California Walnut Commission, which highlights a body of international
scientific research substantiating the specific benefit of consuming walnuts
as part of a heart healthy diet in reducing the risk of heart disease. The
body of evidence suggests that the nutritional composition of walnuts contribute
to these heart health benefits.
Is Baklava Healthy? Can it be guilt free?
Since Walnuts contain "the GOOD fat", they can be part
of a guilt free dessert. Walnuts are high in Omega-3 fatty acids, containing
more of this desirable ingredient than other nuts. Click
here for a comparison chart.
Recipes: For healthy Lebanese food recipes, click here to go to the
Interesting Links to Mediterranean and Middle
Eastern Food Facts
If you are a food buff, you may enjoy reading
the history of various types of foods. The
History of Pasta , or try reading about The
History of Pizza , and of special interest is the food timeline history,
where you can read food origins and dates. For example,
The Food Timeline shows the year certain foods emerged, and
Ancient Mesopotamian Recipes gives you a glimpse into the ancient kitchen. Other links of interest include History of Chocolate , the network about food www.foodnetwork.com ,
or the recipe collection from www.epicurious.com . For
government site see U.S. Food and Drug Administration ,
the Food and Nutrition Information Center
or check facts about allergies by searching the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
or find facts about Tree Nut Allergies.
For web searches try Google or
Yahoo , and try also Google's
Food Search or visit the Food Guide Pyramid