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What is Pikola Churchkela?
It is obtained by drying of walnut and pikola hazelnuts lined on the rope, then immerse into the boiled grape mustard (herle) repeatedly. It is the nutrient store obtained by the blend of the unique taste of the white walnut and pecan, fragrant aroma of the ancient grapes grown in Anatolian vineyards. The sweetest taste of the outer dice, the crispy walnut and the smallest delicious hazelnut type pikola will enchant ,when you taste it. Pikola Walnut Sauce is very delicious because it is obtained by mixing the taste of the grapes, walnuts, hazelnuts, honey and milk grown in the ecological conditions with the fresh air and water of the region. It entered the world literature and fresh, organic, pikola walnut sausage, can be consumed daily for all seasons for health- diet.
When was it discovered?
It is the important member of the Anatolia dessert culture. The date of its first made is unknown but its history goes back to the Ottoman Empire. The sultans know the benefits of energy and intelligence of walnuts and hazelnuts, so they built various local people. The guests were welcomed at the palace. It is continue to an important food of culinary culture of Turkey since that time.
Where is the birthplace?
It is an traditional Turkish dessert. Pikola nuts produced in Giresun and the pikola churchkhela produced in Gümüşhane, Kahramanmaraş, Kırşehir, Elazığ and Artvin.
How is the taste and What are the benefits?
With the mild sugar taste of grape mustard, the special oils of white walnut and pikola are mixed and leave a pleasant feeling in the mouth. It is a strong food in terms of energy. The nutrient content is related to the quality of honey, milk, grapes and walnuts and hazelnuts used in the production phase. It is a very tasty product.
What determines the quality?
Total organic production, determines the quality. One of the best alternatives for snacks. The taste of ripe grapes, the aroma of molasses and honey, the smell of flour and milk, and the flavor of walnut and hazelnut oil, formed a huge fan base in the world. Exports are increasing day by day in Turkey.
Where to Buy?
It is produced in domestic environment, family manufactures and food establishments with the mastery of the people of the region because it is local sweet. Suitable to quality standards and food safety. Production with top quality material exceeds expectations by adhering to natural environment and traditional methods. It has manual labor and intense production chain. Careful attention is given to hygiene conditions.
How is it produced?
Construction of herle: Boiling grape molasses, water, honey and starch. Flour and milk are whipped and added slowly to the mixture. After the mixture has been cooked sufficiently, it is left to stand and is allowed to cool. Because herle the outer membrane covering is semi-fluid, the walnuts arranged on the rope are filtered over each time they are dipped into the boiler. Therefore, the dipping process is repeated 45 times. After each dipping, the vessel is kept in the boat section and completely covered with grape juice. Then it is left hanging dry. Usually the duration is 1 week in the home environment, 2 days in the enterprises.
How is the production stage?
It is in compliance, quality and modern production process. It is transported between 40 - 65 ° C in the temperature-regulated, moisture-free drying rooms and kept in the range of 24-48 hours. Businesses repeat these operations 4 times to have the desired thickness of the outer membrane. After drying, weighing and packaging are completed and stored.
What is the shelf life and storage conditions?
Shelf life is 10 days. Store at room temperature and in a dry environment.
Nutrition FactsServing Size:100 gramsAmount Per ServingCalories from Fat 0Calories 406KcalTotal Fat 16.0 gramsSaturated Fat 0 gramsPolyunsaturated Fat 0 gramsMonounsaturated Fat 0 gramsCholesterol 0.4 milligramsSodium 4.7 milligramsPotassium 185.7 milligramsTotal Carbohydrates 0 gramsDietary Fiber 0 gramsSugars 0 gramsProtein 7.6 gramsVitamin A 4.1iuVitamin C 1.1iuCalcium 34.2mgIron 0.7