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Mahlab Whole

Mahlab Whole

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Mahlab is an aromatic spice made from the seeds of the St Lucie Cherry. It has been used for centuries in the Middle East and the surrounding areas as a enhanced flavor of baked goods. In Greek American cooking, it is the characteristic flavoring of Christmas cake and pastry recipes. 

**Product Description - Whole Mahlab:**

**Overview:**
Whole Mahlab refers to the seeds of the St. Lucie cherry (Prunus mahaleb) tree in their natural, unground form. Mahlab has been a cherished spice with a rich history of culinary use, particularly in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines. The whole seeds provide a unique way to incorporate the aromatic and sweet flavor of Mahlab into various dishes.

**Appearance:**
Whole Mahlab seeds are small, brownish-red to tan in color, and have a distinctive elongated oval shape. The seeds are typically about the size of peppercorns, and their appearance contributes to the spice's recognition in culinary applications.

**Flavor Profile:**
Whole Mahlab seeds possess a sweet, fragrant flavor with notes of cherry and almond. The aromatic qualities are more pronounced when the seeds are ground, but using them whole provides a milder infusion of their unique taste to dishes.

**Culinary Uses:**
1. **Infusions:** Whole Mahlab seeds can be infused in liquids, such as milk or cream, to impart their subtle cherry-almond flavor. This infusion can then be used in the preparation of desserts, custards, or creamy dishes.

2. **Baking:** In traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean baking, whole Mahlab seeds are sometimes used. They can be added to bread doughs, pastries, or cookies to enhance the overall flavor profile.

3. **Flavoring Liquors:** Mahlab is occasionally used to flavor certain alcoholic beverages, such as liqueurs. The whole seeds can be steeped in the liquid to impart their aromatic qualities.

**Packaging:**
Whole Mahlab seeds are typically packaged in sealed containers, bags, or spice pouches. The packaging is designed to protect the seeds from light and moisture, ensuring that their flavor remains intact.

**Storage:**
To preserve the freshness and flavor of Whole Mahlab, it is advisable to store the seeds in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Proper storage in an airtight container helps prevent the seeds from losing their aromatic qualities.

**Note:** When using Whole Mahlab seeds, they are often crushed or ground before being added to recipes to release their full flavor. This can be done using a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder.

In summary, Whole Mahlab seeds offer a unique and aromatic addition to various culinary creations, allowing for the infusion of their sweet and cherry-almond flavor in both sweet and savory dishes, particularly in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines.

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