Churchkhela With Whole Walnuts
In one small country on the crossroads of Europe and Asia, this natural high-energy snack existed from ancient times. Abilities to not expire for long periods of time and satisfy hunger for almost half a day, combined with its pleasant taste and pragmatic size, made churchkhela a favorite food for Georgian soldiers in long-distance wars. That is why today Churchkhela is the national sweet of Georgia and part of its cultural identity. Over the recent years, in line with the healthy food trend in the world, reinventing of churchkhela as a wholesome and delicious snack is going on and this one-time ethnic food is gaining more and more mainstream popularity abroad. Opposed to its difficult name, Churchkhela has a very simple recipe. It is nuts candied in flour-thickened grape juice. The traditional technology of preparation, which was handed down from generation to generation without a single word written, is inscribed on the registry of Georgia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. In other south-eastern European countries like Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan it is known as sweet sausage.