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Move over peanut butter. It's going to take five seconds to open the jars, pour the carob syrup and tahini on a plate and mix them with a spoon, then quickly slather some on bread or... The Carob bean was once known as "Cyprus Black Gold" and old Carob warehouses are still seen today along the northern coast of Northern Cyprus and Kyrenia Harbour. In those days the lucrative crop was exported. Today the Cypriot people make the nutritious syrup called "Pekmez" which is used to make a delicious spread when mixed with tahini (sesame seed paste). The visitor has the opportunity to visit a traditional, Turkish Cypriot village on the southern slopes of the Kyrenia Mountains and help with the Carob harvest and learn how to make "Pekmez". Found recipe on a couple of sites http://www.tasteofbeirut.com & http://invisiblevoices.wordpress.com
- carob syrup (dibs kharoub in Middle Eastern stores)
- Put a heaping spoonful of tahini on a plate add carob syrup to taste. (I prefer more tahini than syrup but some use equal proportions.).
- Enjoy with bread (that is enjoyment), rice crackers or to be even healthier try it with cucumber sticks.