Introducing our Mahlab Seeds, an exotic and aromatic spice derived from the kernel of the St Lucie Cherry, Prunus mahaleb. Native to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, these tiny, ivory-hued seeds are cherished in culinary traditions for their unique flavor, which beautifully blends the sweetness of almonds with a hint of cherry and a subtle, spicy undertone.
Mahlab Seeds, with their slightly bitter yet sweet and nutty taste, have been a key ingredient in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean baking for centuries. They are most commonly ground into a fine powder before use, releasing their distinctive aroma and flavor. This spice is particularly famed for its use in traditional pastries and sweet breads, such as the Greek tsoureki and the Middle Eastern ma'amoul, where it imparts a warm, aromatic quality that is both comforting and indulgent.
Beyond their use in sweet dishes, Mahlab Seeds have also found their way into savory recipes, adding depth and a touch of sweetness to meat rubs and spice blends. Their nutritional value is an added benefit, as they are a source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Also known as: Mahleb, Mahaleb, Mahlepi, Mahleb Seeds, Cherry Kernels, حب المحلب, Μαχλέπι, Mahlepi.