Grape Molasses, or Üzüm Pezmez in Turkish, has been a staple pantry ingredient in much of the Mediterranean and Middle East since the 11th century. Before the advent of sugar, pezmez and honey were used as sweetening agents. Koska Grape Molasses, derived only from the concentrated juice of grapes, is rich in flavor and an excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium. To enjoy a healthier version of peanut butter and jelly, add a generous swirl of Koska Grape Molasses into a bowl of creamy tahini (sesame seed paste) and dip pieces of crusty bread into the mixture. Koska Grape Molasses is also delicious with Turkish or Greek yogurt and pancakes or waffles with fruit. Once you start experimenting with this luxuriously rich syrup, you might want to use it in salad dressings, meat and poultry marinades, and your favorite baked recipes.
Grape molasses is a fascinating food. It is a sweet-tasting molasses; a natural sweetener made from the fresh grapes harvested in the fall. It was used exclusively in Lebanese villages before the widespread availability of refined white sugar.