From the time that we were small, a part of our Cypriot holiday has involved going to Geroskipou, part of the Paphos are of Cyprus for Aphrodite delights (known everywhere else around the world as Turkish delight, but never in Cyprus, oh, no!)
We were always allowed in the back of the premises to see the fresh delights being made with age old machinery, still doing it’s job many years later. We were always given samples too, the taste of ‘fresh’ delight is out of this world.
But times change, even in Cyprus, and upon going to the little shop this year, we were told that for ‘health and hygiene’ reasons the factory has been moved to new ‘out of town’ premises, so I didn’t in fact get to show my kids the delights being made which I was quite sad about.
We were still given samples though, and we quickly found out that chocolate delight is just plain wrong, but rose delight and bergamot delight, especially with nuts is just HEAVENLY!
Geroskipou delights are also the first Cypriot company to be awarded a ‘Geographical Indication’ certification, similar to the D.O.P we have in the UK. You can see the little yellow stamp on the top, right hand corner of the box.
Oh, and why ‘Aphrodite’? The Goddess of love was supposedly banished to Cyprus after being accused by the Gods of adultery(??) and rose out of the sea waves at ‘Petra tou Romiou’, very near to Paphos, a breathtakingly beautiful place!