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Turkish Delight, lokum, or loukoum (Greek λουκούμι) is a confection made from starch and sugar. It is often flavored with rosewater, lemon the former giving it a characteristic pale pink color.

In popular culture

Turkish Delight (Dutch: Turks Fruit) is a Dutch book by Jan Wolkers, published in 1969. In 1973, Dutch director Paul Verhoeven released the film Turkish Delight, based on the book.

A reverse reference to Turkish Delight was made by the English entertainer Noël Coward when he said, "of course, in Turkey, I am known as English Delight."

In 1960's gay slang, a "Turk" was a man who enjoyed coupling with younger partners. Boys were then often referred to as "Turkish Delight," among other things.



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