which means confections made of sugar and starch.
In the late 18th century,
loukoumi is made in Chios,
he island of the famous mastic,
and in Constantinople.
the Chios Massacre.
the island of Syros,
introducing the craft of
Since the very beginning, the Syros Loukoumi becomes famous internationally.
The first official brand name company of making loukoumi in Syros Island is established.
The craft of making loukoumi has been passed from one generation to the next.
Syros Loukoumi differs from the other types of loukoumi. It is said that the key ingredient for making it unique is the brackish water, coming from the few sources in the island of Syros. Greeks and loukoumi share a long history. As part of the everyday life, loukoumi accompanies the Greek coffee. As a token of celebration, is offered in weddings. As a means to sweaten the grief, loukoumi is offered in memorial services. Workers used to have it as energy boost. None travels to Syros, or travels via the port of Syros, without buying some either from the shops in the island or the “men in white”, who climb on board to sell their famous Syros Loukoumi.