Salt and Shadow

Persian Love Cake


I’ve been fascinated by the recipes I’ve found for Persian Love Cake that are made of almond flour, and feature rose and cardamom, and sometimes pistachio. It’s a wonderfully fragrant cake, and I added zest from a mandarin I had to make it even brighter


Pistachio trees are originally from Central Asia, or present day Iran and Afghanistan where they grow well in the arid desert climate. Recent archaeological evidence suggests that humans were enjoying pistachios in Turkey as early as 7,000 B.C., and both almonds and pistachios are mentioned in the Bible. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were said to have been lined with pistachio trees. Legend says the king planted them for his homesick queen, who came from the sylvan mountains of the Median Empire.


Maybe this is where the Persian love cake comes from, a sweet labor to make our beloved feel comfortable.