Halva: Sesame Confectionery


Halva is a traditional sweet treat from the Middle East and the Mediterranean, made from ground sesame seeds, sugar (honey), and various flavorings. It has a dense, crumbly texture. There are many different types of halva, with the most popular flavors being chocolate, pistachio, and vanilla. In stores in Israel or, for example, in Turkey, it is sold in the form of bars in similar packaging as our muesli bars.

Halva selection at Machaneh Yehudah market
Halva selection at Machaneh Yehudah market

At the Jerusalem Machaneh Yehudah market, you will come across several stalls offering completely fresh halva, some even have a large press, which they use to press sesame seeds directly on site. The price is around 99 shekels per kilogram, which is approximately 28 EUR. However, a small piece is enough for tasting. You can try more flavors and maybe fall in love with halva. My favorite flavour is pistachio.

Bon appetit!

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