Loukoumi is a light and soft sweet, with few calories, but exceptionally rich taste.
It was created towards the end of the 18th century, and arrived in Greece in the early 19th century. During the next years, Greek pastry cooks inserted new elements in the initial recipe, making the Loukoumi part of the Greek tradition.
This delight used to be a treat given by the housewife to the visitors entering the house. It was also offered by the bride to the prospective fiancée, when he was about to ask her in marriage by her parents.
Today it is served after a meal or with coffee (preferably Greek). Loukoumi is also accompanied with ouzo or raki, mainly in Crete, but also in many monasteries around Greece.
In order to be kept fresh, it should be stored in an airtight container.