Delight, Turkish


Turkish delight is a pink, gelatinous substance, usually covered in chocolate to disguise its taste and texture, and often given to pensioners along with other questionable gifts such as pasta hampers, novelty cheese graters, skateboards and battery powered thermal socks.

Originally, Turkish delight was made from the sap of the boobialla tree and was principally used to wash carpets, only becoming an item of confectionary after the Ottoman emperor, Beyezid I, issued a decree in 1391 that authorised the removal of taste buds from every person living within 2,000 miles (3219 km) of Constantinople.

Turkish delight was introduced to the UK in the 1890s and now accounts for almost 17% of waste disposed of in land-fill sites.