Mahlab (also known as mahlepi), a member of the rose family, is the pit or stone, of a sour cherry that grows on a tree indigenous to western Asia. This spice’s name has several different spellings including: mahlab, mahalab, mahleb, mahlepi and mahaleb.
It is an ancient spice that is indigenous to the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Mahlab - Mahlepi is used primarily in Middle Eastern cooking, especially in Turkish and Syrian cuisines.
This fragrant spice has a nutty essence that lends sweet and sour flavors to breads such as the Greek sweet bread (tsoureki), cheeses, biscuits, cookies and desserts.
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