The delicious melomakarona are strongly associated with the centuries-old Christmas traditions of the historic land of Messinia in Greece. The oblong biscuits are soaked in a special syrup of excellent quality wildflower honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts.
Prepared the good old-fashioned way to an authentic recipe handed down from mother to daughter, the melomakarona are baked at a local workshop, using only the finest ingredients, without the addition of any artificial flavorings or preservatives. To ensure the right ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ texture, the biscuits are individually molded with the same caring and personal attention shown by the family in their own home.
Traditionally produced for the Christmas season, melomakarona are usually served to guests with a coffee and a glass of water.
Melomakarona are also called phoenikia, and the latter word suggests that they probably originated with the Phoenicians, a seafaring people who lived in regions of Asia Minor and were antiquity’s best known traders.
Meli means honey in Greek, which fits, since the cookies are dipped in honey. Makaroni or macaroni, is a word of Greek-Latin origin, whose root means a doughy substance, or a substance which is kneaded or macerated. Therefore, in its most basic form the word melomakarona means a piece of dough which is dipped in honey.